Germán Garcia Casanova
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Germán 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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Rins didn't think Honda "was such a bad bike" after LCR test

Suzuki refugee Alex Rins admits his first test of the Honda MotoGP bike in Valencia last November “was complicated” but “I didn’t think it was such a bad bike”.

Honda restructures its MotoGP technical team

Honda has made a series of changes in key positions among its MotoGP technicians, headlined by Giacomo Guidotti moving from LCR to become Joan Mir's new crew chief.

How MotoGP riders are preparing for the physical stress of sprint races Prime

How MotoGP riders are preparing for the physical stress of sprint races

With the expansion of the calendar to 21 grands prix and the introduction of sprint races, the 2023 MotoGP season will take the riders to almost 1,300 kilometres of more competition than this year, a factor that forces adjustments in their physical preparations.

Why there's more to Honda's 2023 MotoGP bike than the Valencia test suggests

After a run on Honda's 2023 prototype MotoGP bike, six-time champion Marc Marquez made his pessimism clear with his initial reaction. But the Japanese marque has made leadership changes behind closed doors - and a more representative bike promised for the Malaysia test in February could placate Marquez.

Valencia MotoGP finale “worst day of my career” – Aleix Espargaro

Aleix Espargaro says the season-ending Valencia Grand Prix was the “worst day of my sporting career”, as an engine issue stopped him from fighting for third in the MotoGP standings.

Miller: MotoGP bike gadgets can’t be blamed for Aragon lap 1 chaos

Ducati’s Jack Miller says the gadgetry on modern MotoGP bike can’t be blamed for causing some of the lap 1 chaos involving Marc Marquez at the Aragon Grand Prix.

Marquez explains “unlucky” Aragon MotoGP incidents

Marc Marquez has explained what happened in his two “unlucky” collisions with Fabio Quartararo and Takaaki Nakagami in the MotoGP Aragon Grand Prix.

Ducati finalises MotoGP bike distribution for 2023

Ducati has finalised how it will distribute its MotoGP bikes for the 2023 season across its four teams, Motorsport.com has learned.

Marc Marquez "suffering more than enjoying" MotoGP test comeback

Marc Marquez says he was “suffering more than enjoying” his return to Honda MotoGP action at the Misano test and remained uncertain on when he’ll make his race comeback.

Oliveira says KTM has “offered” Tech 3 demotion for MotoGP 2023

Three-time MotoGP race winner Miguel Oliveira says KTM has “offered” him a demotion from its factory squad back to Tech 3 for 2023, which he admits is “not my dream place”.

Leopard Racing interested in replacing Suzuki in MotoGP

Multiple Moto3 world championship-winning team Leopard Racing has told Motorsport.com it is “absolutely interested” in replacing Suzuki when it quits MotoGP at the end of 2022.

How Espargaro helped Aprilia shed MotoGP's underdog tag

Aleix Espargaro became MotoGP's newest winner in a thrilling Argentina Grand Prix in which he also proved the merits of the Aprilia project. After six years of hard graft, both parties have reaped the rewards they have long thought they deserved. But it was several key moments in that journey that led both to that momentous Sunday at Termas de Rio Hondo.

How Ducati's expanded roster will threaten MotoGP's balance in 2022 Prime

How Ducati's expanded roster will threaten MotoGP's balance in 2022

That Ducati will compete with eight prototypes in MotoGP this year is nothing new, having already done so between 2016 and 2018. But the involvement and coverage of the Borgo Panigale company in its alliances is now much greater than in past years, which could have the effect of unbalancing the premier class

Marquez takes blame for Mugello crash with Binder

Marc Marquez has taken the blame for the collision with KTM’s Brad Binder on lap two of the MotoGP Italian Grand Prix which ended the Honda rider’s race.

Reigning champion Mir "very pissed off" after Qatar practice

Reigning MotoGP world champion Joan Mir admits he is “very pissed off” following Friday practice for the Qatar Grand Prix having missed a provisional Q2 place.

Dovizioso to test Aprilia MotoGP bike as talks intensify

The Aprilia MotoGP squad will undertake a three-day private test at Jerez next month with 15-time race winner Andrea Dovizioso, as talks between both parties ramp up.

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.

The tyre trick that helped Yamaha dominate at Jerez

Yamaha's domination in the MotoGP Andalusian Grand Prix was helped by a tyre preparation technique Michelin advised all the teams to do.

Smith to replace Iannone while doping ban lasts

Bradley Smith will replace Andrea Iannone for as long as he is under suspension for a doping violation, Aprilia has confirmed to Motorsport.com.

Avintia "counting on keeping" Zarco amid Pramac rumours

Avintia MotoGP boss Raul Romero says he is “counting on” keeping Johann Zarco on 2021 and Ducati hasn’t indicated otherwise, amid rumours of a Pramac move for the Frenchman.

KTM rules out Pedrosa as Espargaro's replacement

KTM’s racing director Mike Leitner has ruled out the Austrian marque filling the Honda-bound Pol Espargaro’s MotoGP seat in 2021 with Dani Pedrosa.

Why Espargaro signing isn't a disaster for Alex Marquez Prime

Why Espargaro signing isn't a disaster for Alex Marquez

Honda has reached an agreement with Pol Espargaro for 2021, in a move that appears to have left Alex Marquez in the cold even before he has turned a wheel as an HRC rider, as well as undermining KTM's project in MotoGP. But the reality is less clear cut

MotoGP shock: Espargaro to join Marquez at Honda in 2021

Pol Espargaro is set to leave KTM at the end of the year and join Marc Marquez at the factory Honda team for the 2021 MotoGP season, Motorsport.com has learned.

Espargaro "really close" to new Aprilia contract

Aleix Espargaro has revealed he is "really close" to finalising a deal to remain with the Aprilia MotoGP team in 2021 and beyond, admitting that such a contract would likely be his last before retirement.

KTM resumes testing with Espargaro, Pedrosa

KTM has resumed testing for the delayed MotoGP season, with Pol Espargaro and Dani Pedrosa set to undertake two days of running at the Red Bull Ring.

Martin, Bastianini in contention for 2021 Pramac ride

Jorge Martin and Enea Bastianini have emerged as leading candidates to earn a MotoGP graduation with Pramac Ducati in 2021, should Jack Miller move up to the factory team next year.

Lorenzo would make same Yamaha decision again

Jorge Lorenzo reckons he would make the same decision again to leave Yamaha after the 2016 MotoGP season if he could relive the last few years of his grand prix racing career.

Pirro thinks Honda may be behind wildcard ban

Ducati test rider Michele Pirro says the ban on MotoGP wildcards this season is unfair, and suspects the decision could be related to Honda not wanting Jorge Lorenzo to race a Yamaha.

MotoGP set to scrap wildcard system for 2020

MotoGP promoter Dorna Sports is set to cancel its wildcard system in all three categories for the 2020 season, which will leave Jorge Lorenzo without a ride for the Catalan Grand Prix.

What's behind rumours Dovizioso could leave Ducati?

Ducati is alone among MotoGP's 'big' manufacturers in not having firmed up either of its 2021 riders so far - so is there any truth in rumours that Andrea Dovizioso is being courted for a KTM move?

Quartararo hopes Italians don't "hate" him for replacing Rossi

Fabio Quartararo says he hopes that Italian MotoGP fans don't "hate" him because he is replacing their idol Valentino Rossi at the factory Yamaha squad next season.

Mir no longer sees himself as Suzuki number two

Joan Mir insists that he longer sees himself as Suzuki's number two rider after completing his rookie MotoGP season last year.

Jerez in talks to host first two 2020 MotoGP races

Jerez is in discussions to hold the first two rounds of the delayed 2020 MotoGP season on consecutive weekends at the end of July.

Iannone grateful Aprilia didn't take 'easier' option

Andrea Iannone says he is grateful that the Aprilia MotoGP team didn't take the 'easier' option of ending his contract after his 18-month suspension from competition for failing a drugs test.

Pedrosa would now consider wildcard MotoGP return

Dani Pedrosa says he would now consider a return to MotoGP as a wildcard entrant, should KTM require him to test the RC16 in race conditions.

Ezpeleta expects MotoGP riders to take pay cuts

Dorna boss Carmelo Ezpeleta says he expects MotoGP riders to take pay cuts in the wake of the global coronavirus pandemic, including those that have already signed contract renewals for 2021.

Elias: Rossi still hasn't forgiven me for Estoril '06

Toni Elias says that Valentino Rossi still hasn't forgiven him for inflicting defeat on the Italian in the 2006 Portuguese Grand Prix, which ultimately cost Rossi that year's MotoGP title.

MotoGP manufacturers reject one bike per rider idea

All MotoGP manufacturers aside from Ducati have opposed the idea of scaling back the number of bikes per rider to just one as a cost-saving measure, Motorsport.com has learned.

Quartararo could be the next champion, says Espargaro

Fabio Quartararo has been tipped to become MotoGP's next champion, perhaps as soon as this year, by rival Pol Espargaro.

Breaking down Dorna’s €9m MotoGP financial aid package

Due to the enforced racing hiatus caused by the coronavirus pandemic, MotoGP promoter Dorna Sports has announced a financial package to sustain the paddock's many smaller outfits.

Lorenzo wouldn't be “short of offers” for MotoGP comeback 

Jorge Lorenzo believes he will “not be short of offers” if he were to stage a full-time MotoGP comeback in the future, having retired at the end of the 2019 season.

Ducati still plans private test despite Italy lockdown

The Ducati MotoGP team is planning to conduct a two-day private test in Valencia at the end of March despite the entirety of Italy being under coronavirus quarantine.

Ex-Rossi protege Baldassarri now training with Ducati duo

Moto2 frontrunner Lorenzo Baldassarri has revealed he is training with Ducati MotoGP pair Andrea Dovizioso and Danilo Petrucci after leaving Valentino Rossi's VR46 Academy last year.

Private MotoGP test arranged in absence of racing

Several MotoGP manufacturers are set to carry out a private test at Jerez later in March in the absence of racing this month as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

Marquez: Alex must "earn" Honda contract renewal

Marc Marquez says his younger brother and Repsol Honda MotoGP teammate Alex must "earn" a contract renewal and will not "impose" his preference on the Japanese manufacturer.

Has Ducati made another MotoGP tech breakthrough?

Ahead of the start of official MotoGP pre-season testing, rumours are rife that Ducati may have made another big step forward with the design of its 2020 machine. German Garcia Casanova investigates.

Marquez: Surgery recovery harder than last year

MotoGP champion Marc Marquez says recovery from his latest surgery has been "less painful but more difficult" than the aftermath of his previous operation.

Marquez set for extra Sepang MotoGP test mileage

New factory Honda MotoGP rider Alex Marquez is set to take part in the shakedown test at Sepang that precedes the first official pre-season test of 2020 at the same venue.

Vinales, not Quartararo, is the reference Yamaha - crew chief

The reference rider among Yamaha’s MotoGP contingent is Maverick Vinales rather than Fabio Quartararo, according to Vinales’ crew chief Esteban Garcia.

Rossi: My results must improve for new contract

Valentino Rossi concedes that it is "better not to renew" his Yamaha MotoGP contract unless his results improve in the early part of 2020.

Lecuona was in disbelief overtaking Lorenzo

MotoGP debutant Iker Lecuona has described his incredulity at overtaking three-time champion Jorge Lorenzo during a "spectacular" weekend in Valencia.

Ducati aims to convince Zarco over Avintia ride

Ducati has held talks with Johann Zarco at Valencia on Monday ostensibly aimed at convincing the French rider to take up an offer to join the Avintia MotoGP squad in 2020.

Marquez's secret weapon for taming the Honda Prime

Marquez's secret weapon for taming the Honda

There's no simple explanation to why Marc Marquez has been able to leave his MotoGP rivals firmly in the shade - but the world champion's affinity for motocross may be a major part of the puzzle.

Zarco set for shock MotoGP return with LCR Honda

Johann Zarco is set to replace Takaaki Nakagami at LCR Honda for the last three rounds of the 2019 MotoGP season, Motorsport.com has learned.

Why Honda must now split with Lorenzo Prime

Why Honda must now split with Lorenzo

Even though Jorge Lorenzo and Honda both insist on seeing out the contract that ties them together through 2020, prolonging the current situation for another year makes no sense for either party when it seems to be getting even worse

Marquez, Honda in advanced talks over new contract

Honda and six-time MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez are already in advanced talks over a contract extension to the end of 2022.

Rossi set to split with crew chief Galbusera

Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi has confirmed he will part ways with his crew chief Silvano Galbusera at the conclusion of the 2019 MotoGP season.

Crutchlow defends Honda boss Puig's outspoken style

Cal Crutchlow believes Honda MotoGP team boss Alberto Puig’s outspoken nature is an attempt to “force our hand” and “make us react” to what Marc Marquez is doing.

Marquez puzzled by Vinales' number switch

Marc Marquez says he doesn't understand MotoGP rival Maverick Vinales' decision to switch racing numbers in 2019, and insists he has no plans to ditch his famous #93.

Injured Lorenzo set for another surgery

Three-time MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo will undergo his second surgery in just over a month on Monday to address discomfort in his right foot, having injured it in the Aragon race in September.