News and Analysis
Yamaha’s Fabio Quartararo says Jack Miller is the “hero” of MotoGP Doha Grand Prix qualifying after surviving “the scariest moment I’ve ever seen” late on in Q2.
Francesco Bagnaia says Ducati has not made him feel like a number two rider in its factory MotoGP squad, despite teammate Jack Miller being tipped as an early title favourite.
It is over three-and-a-half years since the Italian national anthem rang out to declare a Valentino Rossi victory in MotoGP. To some onlookers his move out of the factory Yamaha squad meant the 2017 Dutch TT could remain his final win, but after an encouraging transition at Petronas SRT hope is far from lost
Avintia MotoGP rookie Luca Marini says he studied all Ducati riders’ data during the Qatar test, but admits its leading rider Jack Miller’s “strange” style is difficult to copy.
Cal Crutchlow believes his former Honda stablemate Marc Marquez “will never be slow” when he finally returns to MotoGP from injury, but concedes he will need to time to readjust.
Valentino Rossi has praised the feeling with his new Petronas Sepang Racing Team as “beautiful” following MotoGP pre-season testing in Qatar.
As Marc Marquez’s comeback draws nearer, the six-time MotoGP world champion will have the eyes of the motorsport world on him to see if his incredible speed returns instantly. How Marquez deals with this could be key to both what he and the wider grid faces in 2021
Reigning MotoGP world champion Joan Mir admits he’s only “70%” ready for the 2021 season and is likely to start it on the 2020 Suzuki chassis.
Tech3 KTM’s Danilo Petrucci topped a final day of the Qatar MotoGP test ruined by high winds, with only five riders posting lap times.
MotoGP and the state of Qatar have partnered to offer the entire paddock travelling to Doha COVID-19 vaccinations, following the successful rollout in the country.
Alex Marquez says he has not been cleared to complete the Qatar MotoGP test on Friday after fracturing his foot, but will push the circuit doctor to pass him fit.
Maverick Vinales led a Yamaha 1-2 on the penultimate day of MotoGP pre-season testing in Qatar, while Alex Marquez suffered a fractured foot after a crash.
Brad Binder feels he is making every corner of the Losail circuit “way too round” on his new KTM MotoGP bike in Qatar testing, which is “killing time”.
Petronas SRT’s Valentino Rossi says he “felt like a real rider” again following the opening day of the second Qatar MotoGP pre-season test.
Ducati’s Jack Miller set an outright lap record at Losail as he topped the opening day of the second Qatar MotoGP pre-season test ahead of Yamaha’s Fabio Quartararo.
Cal Crutchlow says it’s “sad for MotoGP” that no British rider will race in the premier class in 2021, after Aprilia elected to field Lorenzo Savadori instead of Bradley Smith.
Reigning Moto2 world champion and Avintia Ducati rider Enea Bastianini says it was “not that important” to be the fastest MotoGP rookie in the first Qatar test but that he was happy with the outcome.
Aleix Espargaro believes Aprilia “deserves” a strong 2021 MotoGP season after the step forward it made with its RS-GP bike over the winter.
Franco Morbidelli admits Yamaha bringing updates for him to try on his Petronas SRT ‘A-spec’ MotoGP bike was “a great surprise” for him in the Qatar test.
Petronas SRT rider Valentino Rossi admits the feeling between the 2021 Yamaha MotoGP chassis and last year's M1 is “very similar” after encountering rear grip issues in the Qatar test.
Pol Espargaro admits it is “so stressful” not knowing the limits of the Honda MotoGP bike following the second day of pre-season testing in Qatar
Maverick Vinales says his strong long-run pace during the second day of the Qatar MotoGP test came as a surprise to him because he didn’t try Yamaha’s new chassis.
Yamaha’s Fabio Quartararo beat Ducati’s Jack Miller by 0.077s to record the fastest time on the second day of MotoGP testing in Qatar.
Fabio Quartararo admits he was “totally lost” for half of the opening day of MotoGP pre-season testing trying to readjust to his Yamaha after riding street bikes in the winter.
Suzuki test rider Sylvain Guintoli has revealed the Japanese marque has already been testing its 2022 MotoGP engine during Qatar pre-season running
Pol Espargaro admits the KTM he rode last year and his new Honda MotoGP bike are “too different to compare” following the first day of the Qatar pre-season test.
Valentino Rossi admits his first laps for Petronas SRT on the opening day of the Qatar MotoGP test on Saturday were “strange”.
Aleix Espargaro says the 2021 Aprilia RS-GP doesn’t look like a revolution but feels “quite different” to ride after topping the first day of the Qatar MotoGP pre-season test.
Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro topped the opening day of MotoGP pre-season testing in Qatar aboard his new RS-GP, while there was a crash for LCR Honda’s Alex Marquez.
Maverick Vinales admits the fact MotoGP testing is taking place in Qatar on the same track as the opening two rounds makes 2021’s pre-season the toughest he’s faced with Yamaha.
Andrea Dovizioso says he and Ducati have struggled to adapt to Michelin's new rear tyre because past MotoGP set-up solutions aren't working like they did before.
Fabio Quartararo scored pole position for MotoGP's Andalusian Grand Prix, after fellow Yamaha rider Maverick Vinales lost his best lap for exceeding track limits, while an injured Marc Marquez failed to set a lap at all.
Dorna Sports CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta says preserving MotoGP's current competitiveness is more important than swelling the calendar again in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.
Fabio Quartararo says that Valentino Rossi would find a team that is no less professional than Yamaha's works MotoGP outfit should he extend his career with the satellite Petronas SRT squad.
Confirming this week that he will be leaving Ducati at the end of 2020, Danilo Petrucci's exit had been on the cards since last year's Valencia MotoGP finale. Circumstances and a dip in form have worked against him, but Petrucci is a rider who still deserves his place on the grid.
Valentino Rossi admits the coronavirus lockdown of the past two months has given him a more relaxed perspective on retirement as he continues to deliberate his MotoGP future beyond 2020.
Three-time MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo recovered from a lap-one tangle to win on his Virtual GP debut at Silverstone for Yamaha.
Yamaha MotoGP team director Massimo Meregalli has revealed the team had to “stop” an eager Lewis Hamilton from going out on track too early during his ride swap with Valentino Rossi last year.
Alex Marquez says he isn't keen on the idea of being handed a contract renewal with the Repsol Honda MotoGP squad without even having contested a single race for the team.
MotoGP's teams have been in talks to reduce costs as the current global pandemic continues to wreak financial disaster. But the manufacturers involved need to band together against a common good, and be open to even more radical solutions
Cal Crutchlow says that “there’s no reason why I won’t be racing” in MotoGP in 2021, having previously said that he expected his current contract with Honda to be his last.
All six MotoGP manufacturers will meet this week to discuss cost-saving measures, including a freeze on engine development, in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.
The FIM and Dorna Sports have announced that the MotoGP Argentine Grand Prix has been postponed a day after it was confirmed as the new season opener.
Tetsusta Nagashima says he was calmed by thoughts of his late compatriot Shoya Tomizawa on his way to a surprise first Moto2 victory at Qatar.