MotoGP

The protest lodged by Ducati’s MotoGP rivals following Andrea Dovizioso’s Qatar Grand Prix victory was made largely for “political” reasons, believes team sporting director Paolo Ciabatti. Four manufacturers – Honda, Suzuki, KTM and Aprilia – challenged the legality of the rear winglet seen on the Ducati bikes of Dovizioso, Danilo Petrucci and Jack Miller in
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MotoGP stewards have thrown out a protest against Ducati following Sunday evening’s 2019 season-opening Qatar Grand Prix, meaning Andrea Dovizioso keeps his victory. Dovizioso’s narrow win over Honda’s Marc Marquez was thrown into doubt when it emerged that Suzuki, Honda, KTM and Aprilia had lodged a protest against Ducati’s newly-introduced rear tyre winglet. The component
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New Honda MotoGP recruit Jorge Lorenzo says he is “in pain everywhere” after suffering two crashes during Saturday’s Qatar Grand Prix sessions, including one in qualifying. Lorenzo, still not fully recovered from a wrist injury sustained during training in the winter, had a hefty crash in Saturday morning’s third practice session, high-siding off his bike
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Reigning MotoGP champion Marc Marquez admitted he was surprised by new Honda team-mate Jorge Lorenzo’s speed during Qatar Grand Prix Friday practice. Lorenzo was second in the daytime opening practice session at Losail, trailing only Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi. Although Lorenzo then slumped to 11th in the evening practice two session, Marquez named the three-time champion
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Valentino Rossi reckons this year’s MotoGP season could be the closest in the championship’s history, with “seven or eight” possible title contenders on “three or four” different types of bike. Rossi pinpointed his Yamaha teammate Maverick Vinales, Ducati factory pair Andrea Dovizioso and Danilo Petrucci, Honda duo Marc Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo as well as
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Cal Crutchlow says he fears this year’s Honda MotoGP bike may have sacrificed the manufacturer’s traditional “weapon”, its front-end strength. LCR rider Crutchlow said during both pre-season tests that he was struggling with the front-end of this year’s RC213V, and on the eve of the new season in Qatar the Briton reiterated those concerns. Crutchlow
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