Lewis Duncan

Lewis Duncan is Autosport's International Editor and primary motorcycle racing reporter. A motorsport fan from a young age, Lewis became interested in journalism when he won the star letter competition in the February 2012 issue of F1 Racing Magazine. A member of the Autosport Academy from 2017, Lewis became a freelance motorcycle racing correspondent for Autosport in 2019 before becoming a full-time staffer in 2020 as International Editor.

While MotoGP coverage is his priority, Lewis also covers World Superbikes and road racing across the Motorsport Network, and hosts the Tank Slappers Podcast. He has also occasionally commentated on 750 Motor Club meetings. Away from motorsport, Lewis is a keen record collector with a collection unashamedly largely featuring Iron Maiden and Rush and an avid guitar player.

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Quartararo explains Miller's Doha "scary" near-miss Doha GP
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Quartararo explains Miller's Doha "scary" near-miss

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.

Strategy blunder costs Mir Q2 spot in Doha MotoGP

Reigning MotoGP world champion Joan Mir says a strategy blunder by Suzuki late on in FP2 in the Doha Grand Prix cost him a place in Q2.

Marquez to miss Qatar MotoGP season opener

Honda has announced six-time MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez will not contest the opening round of the 2021 season in Qatar.

Bagnaia doesn't feel like number two rider at Ducati MotoGP

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.

Can leaving a factory team end Rossi’s MotoGP win drought? Prime

Can leaving a factory team end Rossi’s MotoGP win drought?

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

Marini: Hard to copy "strange" Miller Ducati MotoGP riding style

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.

Marquez "will never be slow" on MotoGP return – Crutchlow

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.

Rossi: Atmosphere within Petronas SRT team “beautiful”

Valentino Rossi has praised the feeling with his new Petronas Sepang Racing Team as “beautiful” following MotoGP pre-season testing in Qatar.

What Marquez will we get on his much-needed MotoGP return? Prime

What Marquez will we get on his much-needed MotoGP return?

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

Miller 'enjoying' MotoGP title favourite tag

Ducati’s Jack Miller admits he is ‘enjoying’ being tagged as a favourite for the 2021 MotoGP world championship following a strong pre-season test in Qatar.

MotoGP champion Mir only "70%" ready for start of new season

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.

Petrucci tops final Qatar test day ruined by high winds

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.

New Yamaha MotoGP bike “ready” to race – Vinales

Maverick Vinales believes the 2021 Yamaha MotoGP bike is “ready” to race after topping the penultimate day of pre-season testing in Qatar.

KTM 'hitting a wall' in Qatar MotoGP testing

Miguel Oliveira says KTM has “hit a wall” in terms of performance with its 2021 bike at the Losail circuit during MotoGP’s Qatar test.

Qatar to offer MotoGP paddock COVID-19 vaccinations

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.

Marquez not cleared to finish Qatar test, will "push" doctor

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.

Vinales fastest in Qatar MotoGP test, Marquez fractures foot

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.

Binder "killing time" in corners on 2021 KTM MotoGP bike

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”.

Rossi "felt like a real rider" again in Qatar MotoGP test

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 Miller smashes Qatar lap record in MotoGP testing

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.

Crutchlow: “Sad for MotoGP” to not have a British rider

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.

Bastianini gives his verdict after first Qatar MotoGP test

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.

Espargaro: Aprilia "deserves to fight" with MotoGP's best in 2021

Aleix Espargaro believes Aprilia “deserves” a strong 2021 MotoGP season after the step forward it made with its RS-GP bike over the winter.

Yamaha updating Morbidelli's MotoGP bike "a great surprise"

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.

Rossi: 2021 Yamaha MotoGP bike “very similar” to 2020 M1

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: Not knowing limit of Honda is "stressful"

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

Vinales "surprised" by long-run pace on old Yamaha

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.

Quartararo pips Miller for fastest time in Sunday MotoGP test

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.

Quartararo "totally lost" readjusting to Yamaha MotoGP bike

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 already testing 2022 MotoGP engine in Qatar

Suzuki test rider Sylvain Guintoli has revealed the Japanese marque has already been testing its 2022 MotoGP engine during Qatar pre-season running

Espargaro: Honda and KTM “too different to compare”

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.

Rossi: First Petronas SRT MotoGP laps felt “strange”

Valentino Rossi admits his first laps for Petronas SRT on the opening day of the Qatar MotoGP test on Saturday were “strange”.

Espargaro: New Aprilia MotoGP bike “different” to ride

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.

Aleix Espargaro tops first MotoGP test in Qatar for Aprilia

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.

Pramac Ducati team to carry F1 logo on 2021 MotoGP bikes

The Pramac Ducati squad will carry the Formula 1 logo on its 2021 MotoGP bikes following a request from F1 boss Stefano Domenicali.

Suzuki unveils bike for MotoGP title defence

Last year's MotoGP championship-winning team Suzuki has unveiled its 2021 livery ahead of pre-season testing in Qatar on Saturday.

2021 MotoGP pre-season Yamaha's toughest – Vinales

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.

Dovizioso: Past set-ups no longer working on Ducati

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.

Quartararo shrugs off Yamaha engine problems

MotoGP Andalusian Grand Prix winner Fabio Quartararo says he’s “not worried” about Yamaha’s recent spate of engine reliability woes, following two failures in two races for Franco Morbidelli and Valentino Rossi.

Andalusia MotoGP: Quartararo on pole after Vinales loses lap

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.

Zarco able to ride more like “Ducati style”

Avintia MotoGP rider Johann Zarco says he is beginning to ride “like Ducati style” on his year-old GP19 after a strong Friday practice for the Spanish Grand Prix.

Crutchlow not interested in Honda's WSBK offer

Outgoing LCR MotoGP rider Cal Crutchlow says he’s “not really interested” in taking up Honda’s offer to move over to its works-backed World Superbike project next season.

Ezpeleta not ruling out reduced 2021 MotoGP calendar

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. 

Lorenzo shoots down rumours of 2021 Ducati return

Jorge Lorenzo has rubbished rumours linking him with a return to Ducati in 2021, but admits he feels he’s still “capable” of winning the MotoGP title with the “right tools”.

Quartararo says why Rossi should consider Petronas

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.

Why Ducati's latest rider divorce was inevitable Prime

Why Ducati's latest rider divorce was inevitable

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.

Rossi: Lockdown has made me more relaxed about retirement

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.

Aprilia sets dates for testing return at Misano

The Aprilia MotoGP squad will resume testing for the first time since the coronavirus-induced shutdown took hold at Misano next weekend.

Lorenzo wins on Virtual MotoGP debut at Silverstone

Three-time MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo recovered from a lap-one tangle to win on his Virtual GP debut at Silverstone for Yamaha. 

Ducati contract talks with Dovizioso at a standstill

Contract negotiations between Ducati and Andrea Dovizioso for the 2021 MotoGP season are still on hold, with Dovizioso’s manager confirming no proposal has been made to his rider still.

Yamaha had to restrain eager Hamilton during ride swap

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.

Marquez doesn't want contract renewal without racing

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.

Why MotoGP manufacturers must bury self-interest to survive Prime

Why MotoGP manufacturers must bury self-interest to survive

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

Crutchlow: No reason to think I'll retire this year

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.

Suzuki wants to keep Rins, Mir beyond 2022

Suzuki MotoGP boss Davide Brivio says he hopes to keep his team's existing riders Alex Rins and Joan Mir beyond the term of their forthcoming anticipated contract extensions.

MotoGP manufacturers to hold coronavirus crisis talks

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.

Dovizioso shocked by four-year Marquez Honda deal

Andrea Dovizioso admits he didn’t expect Marc Marquez to commit to Honda for four more years in MotoGP, saying he expected the reigning champion to switch manufacturer.

Iannone handed 18-month ban for doping

Aprilia MotoGP rider Andrea Iannone has been handed an 18-month competition ban for an anti-doping infringement, but prosecutors conclude he did not purposefully take steroids.

Jerez WSBK round pushed back to October

The coronavirus outbreak has forced the upcoming Spanish World Superbike round at Jerez to be postponed until October, while the French round has also been moved back.

MotoGP calendar changed again after Argentina is delayed

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.