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German Garcia Casanova

Graduated in Journalism and with extensive experience as a sports journalist in Diario Sport de Barcelona (1984-2009). Specializing in motorsports, he has followed the MotoGP World Championship since 2004. In 2016 he joined the staff of Motorsport.com. He's part of the Motorsport.com's podcast "Por Orejas" dedicated to MotoGP & Motorbikes.

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Lecuona ‘pissed off’ to be benched at MotoGP test for rookies

Iker Lecuona says KTM benching him for the second day of the Misano MotoGP test to give his bike to 2022 rookie Raul Fernandez “really pisses me off”.

KTM MotoGP outcast Lecuona set for 2022 Honda WSBK switch
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KTM MotoGP outcast Lecuona set for 2022 Honda WSBK switch

Tech 3 KTM MotoGP outcast Iker Lecuona has reached a deal to join Honda’s factory World Superbike effort for the 2022 season, Motorsport.com has learned.

Rins has lost fear of falling after Silverstone MotoGP podium

Alex Rins admits he has been “afraid of crashing” in recent MotoGP races but has pushed this aside now after making his podium return at the British Grand Prix.

Moto3 star rookie Acosta set for 2024 MotoGP promotion

Star Moto3 rookie Pedro Acosta will make his MotoGP debut in 2024 after agreeing a new three-year KTM deal that will begin with two seasons in Moto2 starting in 2022.

Crutchlow in for Vinales at Silverstone MotoGP, Dixon joins SRT Austrian GP
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Crutchlow in for Vinales at Silverstone MotoGP, Dixon joins SRT

Cal Crutchlow will replace the ousted Maverick Vinales at the Yamaha factory team for the British Grand Prix, while Jake Dixon will make his MotoGP debut with Petronas SRT.

Marquez had to take painkiller injections ahead of Austrian MotoGP

Honda’s Marc Marquez revealed he had to take some painkilling injections prior to the MotoGP Austrian Grand Prix owing to pain in his recovering right arm.

Mir: Vinales/Yamaha MotoGP situation like Messi’s at Barcelona

Reigning MotoGP world champion Joan Mir has likened the situation between Maverick Vinales and Yamaha to that of football legend Lionel Messi quitting Barcelona, in that “nobody knows the truth”.

Yamaha suggests Vinales tried to blow up engine in Styria MotoGP

Yamaha MotoGP rider Maverick Vinales was suspended and withdrawn from this weekend's Austrian Grand Prix for trying to deliberately damage his bike's engine in the Styrian GP, the team suggests.

Aprilia’s Savadori has surgery after fiery Styrian MotoGP crash Styrian GP
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Aprilia’s Savadori has surgery after fiery Styrian MotoGP crash

Aprilia MotoGP rider Lorenzo Savadori has undergone a successful operation on a broken ankle following his fiery crash in Sunday’s Styrian Grand Prix.

Marquez admits arm condition worse than expected in Styria MotoGP

Honda’s Marc Marquez admits his physical condition on Friday at the MotoGP Styrian Grand Prix is worse than expected, which he says was “a blow”.

Vinales’ MotoGP future “at a standstill” following Yamaha exit
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Vinales’ MotoGP future “at a standstill” following Yamaha exit

Maverick Vinales says his 2022 MotoGP future is currently “at a standstill” following his shock decision to quit Yamaha at the end of the current season. 

Vinales says leaving Yamaha "an option" but denies Aprilia links Dutch GP
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Vinales says leaving Yamaha "an option" but denies Aprilia links

Maverick Vinales has denied links to Aprilia for the 2022 MotoGP season, but admits leaving Yamaha “is an option”.

Marquez: Assen FP2 crash “affected me a lot” on Saturday

Honda’s Marc Marquez admits the heavy FP2 crash he suffered on Friday of the Dutch Grand Prix “affected me a lot” on Saturday after qualifying down in 20th. 

Suzuki MotoGP rivals “better than us” in recent races – Mir

Reigning world champion Joan Mir admits Suzuki’s MotoGP rivals “are being better than us” in recent races having finished last weekend’s German Grand Prix an off-colour ninth.

Germany MotoGP win "makes up for the suffering" - Marquez German GP
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Germany MotoGP win "makes up for the suffering" - Marquez

Marc Marquez says his emotional comeback victory at the MotoGP German Grand Prix "makes up for the suffering" he endured with injury over the past year.

Marquez "can't think about" continuing German win streak German GP
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Marquez "can't think about" continuing German win streak

Honda MotoGP rider Marc Marquez is certain his 10-year German Grand Prix victory streak will end on Sunday as he’s “not here to win”, but hasn’t ruled out a podium.

Suzuki: Rins doing "what we asked of him" amid crash run

Suzuki boss Shinichi Sahara says Alex Rins is doing “what we asked of him” in response to his spate of recent MotoGP crashes, claiming “we are not worried or angry”.

Brembo developing bigger MotoGP brake discs after Barcelona test Catalan GP
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Brembo developing bigger MotoGP brake discs after Barcelona test

Following productive running at the post-Barcelona MotoGP test, Brembo’s new and bigger brake discs will be used at this year’s Austria double-header to avoid a repeat of Maverick Vinales’s crash last year.

Mir "pissed off" at Catalunya MotoGP strategy blunder

MotoGP world champion Joan Mir laments his decision to race the medium rear tyre in Sunday’s Catalan Grand Prix and is “pissed off” as he feels it cost him victory.

Mir: Quartararo endangered other MotoGP riders in Catalan GP

MotoGP world champion Joan Mir believes Fabio Quartararo throwing his chest protector away during the Catalan Grand Prix “is punishable” because “it puts other riders in danger”. 

Vinales critical of agenda behind out-of-context future quotes

Maverick Vinales has criticised the way comments he made about his MotoGP future were taken out of context, claiming "people always try to put me in conflict with my team".

Honda could gain MotoGP concessions for 2022

If Honda fails to score a podium in 2021 it will become a concession manufacturer for the first time from the 2022 MotoGP season, Motorsport.com can confirm.

Rins’ Barcelona MotoGP absence “hurts” - Mir

Reigning champion Joan Mir says Suzuki teammate Alex Rins’ absence from the MotoGP Catalan Grand Prix “hurts” him as he now “lacks information” he can use this weekend.

Mir: MotoGP track limits need ‘human touch’ after Mugello farce

MotoGP world champion Joan Mir says the series’ track limits rules need a ‘human touch’ after he was farcically awarded and then stripped of second in the Italian Grand Prix.

Marc Marquez's recovery "stuck" since his MotoGP return Italian GP
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Marc Marquez's recovery "stuck" since his MotoGP return

Honda’s Marc Marquez admitted after finishing 12th in Friday’s Italian Grand Prix practices that his recovery since his MotoGP comeback in Portugal has been “stuck”.

Marquez: No Honda rider close to victory in MotoGP French GP
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Marquez: No Honda rider close to victory in MotoGP

Six-time MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez admits "I don't see any Honda rider close to victory" right now, following the opening day of the French Grand Prix.

Mir doubtful on French GP chances amid Suzuki struggles

Reigning MotoGP world champion Joan Mir says “I don’t think I can win” the French Grand Prix as Suzuki is “struggling” at Le Mans this weekend.

Gresini becoming Aprilia MotoGP satellite would be "romantic"

Aleix Espargaro believes the Gresini Racing MotoGP team becoming Aprilia's official satellite squad in 2022 would be "romantic" following the death of Fausto Gresini in February.

Mir “not worried” by winless start to MotoGP title defence
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Mir “not worried” by winless start to MotoGP title defence

Suzuki’s Joan Mir says he’s “not worried” about the winless start to his MotoGP title defence and admits he “expected” not to have an easy start to 2021.

Injured Martin to be replaced by Rabat at Jerez MotoGP

Former MotoGP rider and 2014 Moto2 champion Tito Rabat will stand in for the injured Jorge Martin at Pramac for the Spanish Grand Prix following a violent crash at Portimao.

Martin's surgery postponed, Jerez return in doubt

Pramac Ducati MotoGP rider Jorge Martin’s surgery on fractures suffered in a violent crash during the Portuguese Grand Prix has been postponed and a Jerez return is now in doubt.

Ducati's Miller feared Doha FP2 time would be cancelled

Ducati’s Jack Miller thought his MotoGP FP2 pacesetting lap would be scrapped when LCR’s Takaaki Nakagami crashed in front of him.

Morbidelli forced to open new engine for Doha MotoGP round

Petronas SRT rider Franco Morbidelli will have to unseal a third engine from his allocation for the 2021 MotoGP season after encountering issues in FP1 for the Doha Grand Prix.

Marquez “worried” about Honda’s MotoGP qualifying pace

Alex Marquez admits he is “a bit worried” about the potential of his Honda MotoGP bike in qualifying ahead of this weekend’s Doha Grand Prix.

Marquez "doesn’t trust Qatar" to show MotoGP grid form

LCR’s Alex Marquez admits he "doesn’t trust" the Qatar circuit to show the true form of the 2021 Honda or its MotoGP rivals following pre-season testing.

MotoGP updates Qatar COVID-19 measures

The MotoGP paddock will be subject to a strict lockdown protocol for the Qatar test and double-header to ensure the 2021 season can get underway safely.

Lorenzo "never imagined" Rossi's Petronas move

Three-time MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo says he “would never have imagined” Valentino Rossi moving to the satellite Petronas SRT Yamaha squad in 2021.

Bradl better than Dovizioso as stand-in - Hernandez

Marc Marquez’s crew chief Santi Hernandez says Stefan Bradl “would make much more sense” to stand-in for the injured six-time MotoGP world champion again in 2021 than Andrea Dovizioso.

MotoGP teams to discuss new date for Qatar Grand Prix

MotoGP teams will meet online with Dorna Sports and the FIM on Thursday to discuss the possibility of moving the date of the 2021 season-opening Qatar Grand Prix.

Rins thought Brivio Suzuki exit was a joke

MotoGP race winner Alex Rins admits he initially thought team boss Davide Brivio’s exit from Suzuki “was a joke” when the Italian told him of his decision.

MotoGP cancels Sepang pre-season test due to COVID-19

MotoGP’s opening pre-season test of 2021 due to take place in Malaysia next month has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Suzuki MotoGP team won’t replace F1-bound Brivio

The Suzuki MotoGP squad will not sign anyone to the role of team manager to replace Formula 1-bound Davide Brivio in 2021, Motorsport.com understands.

MotoGP exile Rabat set for WSBK switch with Barni Ducati

Tito Rabat is poised to switch to the World Superbike Championship with the Barni Ducati team in 2021 after being left without a seat in MotoGP.

Rins assumed he’d lost third in standings after Algarve slump

Alex Rins admits he “didn’t even think” he’d finished third in the MotoGP standings after his slump to 15th place in the Portuguese Grand Prix due to an incorrect tyre choice.

Damage from early collision ended Mir’s Portugal race

MotoGP world champion Joan Mir says an electronics issue caused by early contact in the Portuguese Grand Prix forced him to retire from the 2020 season finale.

Bezzecchi doesn't get VR46 nod to join Aprilia MotoGP team

Marco Bezzecchi was courted by Aprilia to join its MotoGP team for 2021 as replacement for Andrea Iannone, but the VR46 team didn’t give him the nod to step up.

Rins to evaluate shoulder operation after MotoGP season ends

Alex Rins says he will evaluate after the MotoGP Portuguese Grand Prix whether he will need an operation on the shoulder he injured at the start of the 2020 season.

Alex Marquez’s wrist was "sleeping” during Valencia GP

Honda’s Alex Marquez admits the left wrist he injured in a violent qualifying crash was “sleeping” during the MotoGP Valencia Grand Prix and it was “difficult to finish the race”.

Mir rubbishes claims his MotoGP crown devalued by Marquez absence

Newly-crowned 2020 MotoGP world champion Joan Mir says people who suggest that his title has been devalued because of Marc Marquez’s enforced absence “don’t know much about motorcycles”.

Valentino Rossi tests positive for COVID-19 again

Yamaha MotoGP rider Valentino Rossi has tested positive for COVID-19 again just a week after testing negative following a two-round layoff with the virus last month.

Bezzecchi favourite to replace Iannone at Aprilia

Moto2 race winner and Valentino Rossi protege Marco Bezzecchi has emerged as a leading candidate to replace Andrea Iannone at Aprilia for the 2021 MotoGP season.

Marquez won't race again in 2020 MotoGP season

Repsol Honda has confirmed Marc Marquez will not return for the rest of the 2020 MotoGP season and will continue with his rehabilitation to target a comeback next year.

Marquez: Yamaha “cheated” – and the riders knew it

Honda rider Alex Marquez claims Yamaha “cheated” and the riders knew the engines they used in the MotoGP Spanish Grand Prix were illegal.

Vinales should start remaining races from pitlane - Rins

Suzuki's Alex Rins thinks Maverick Vinales should start every race he uses his new engine at from pitlane and not just this weekend's MotoGP European Grand Prix.

How Honda has fixed a bike that only Marc Marquez could ride Prime

How Honda has fixed a bike that only Marc Marquez could ride

The Honda RC213V was for a long time seen as 'Marc Marquez's bike' but, with his injury lay-off, none of Honda's other riders had been able to get a tune out of it. But it's undergone a transformation, and is now a force in the hands of his brother Alex

Avintia refutes rumours of 2021 takeover by VR46

Avintia owner Raul Romero has denied speculation Valentino Rossi’s VR46 organisation will buy its MotoGP grid slots for 2021.

Leopard in talks to move up to MotoGP in 2022

Leopard Racing says "things are being negotiated" for it to make a step to MotoGP in 2022 as a satellite operation, though it's still "far from being able to enter".

Ducati delays MotoGP rider announcement

Ducati boss Paolo Ciabatti says the Italian marque has delayed its 2021 rider announcements to "leave the stage" clear for Valentino Rossi and Petronas SRT to confirm their deal.

Bradl trials radio warning system in Misano practice

Honda test rider Stefan Bradl tried a new radio warning system during Friday practice for the MotoGP San Marino Grand Prix upon request from organisers Dorna Sports.

Why Honda can’t gain concessions even if 2020 woes continue

Honda will not qualify for concessions for the 2021 MotoGP season even if it fails to score a podium in a so-far tough 2020 campaign.