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Suzuki's sudden decision to leave the MotoGP World Championship at the end of the season has acted as a stirring element in a market that had already erupted. We analyse what this means for the grid going into 2023
Marc Marquez says the “Spanish crowd picked me up” at Jerez’s final corner in the MotoGP Spanish Grand Prix when he had a dramatic near-crash under braking.
Marc Marquez says he is “not disappointed” in Honda’s decision to radically overhaul its MotoGP bike for 2022, despite his difficulties in adapting to it.
Aleix Espargaro says Marc Marquez deliberately waiting for him in FP2 for the MotoGP Spanish Grand Prix was “unbelievable” and has taken aim at Race Direction for not intervening.
Dorna Sports has put a halt to filming the second series of Amazon's MotoGP Unlimited, just over a month after the first season premiered.
In a little over two months, Honda has gone from setting the pace in MotoGP testing with its new RC213V prototype to being at a crossroads - caused by the discrepancy in its riders' feedback. After a Portuguese GP that underwhelmed, serious questions are now being asked of Honda in 2022
Jack Miller is engaged in negotiations with the LCR Honda squad to return there for 2023 as an exit from Ducati appears more likely, Motorsport.com can confirm.
Aprilia says it is open to supplying a satellite team for the 2023 MotoGP season if the right offer materialises.
OPINION: Marc Marquez revealed in Austin he was up against a "lack of confidence and motivation", his own "fear" and precarious physical condition after another injury layoff. His starring return, making a remarkable comeback from a disastrous start, will remain forever in the history books of a MotoGP world championship that needs him more than ever.
OPINION: Last weekend's Indonesian Grand Prix at the new Mandalika International Street Circuit, held in extreme conditions and with asphalt that was tearing up, made it clear that the MotoGP world championship must review its protocols for approving the facilities where races are held.
Marc Marquez's violent Indonesian GP crash has left him with the double vision problems that ruled him out of the final two rounds of 2021.
Aprilia's Aleix Espargaro says he used a "false" rear brake to avoid suffering a similarly brutal crash to that which ruled Marc Marquez out of the MotoGP Indonesian Grand Prix.
Fabio Quartararo gave Yamaha plenty of warnings about a lack of development ahead of their MotoGP world championship defence which went unheeded given its Qatar GP performance. It appears the Japanese manufacturer has fallen into a familiar trap which has also caught two of its major rivals in recent years.
Enea Bastianini's victory in the Qatar Grand Prix was good and bad news for Ducati. The Italian's breakthrough win on a year-old Gresini bike, and the sluggishness exhibited by the 2022 models, suggests that Ducati has failed to take advantage of having a third of the MotoGP grid and leaves it with issues to resolve
Marc Marquez admits he is “still riding in a strange way” on the 2022 Honda following Friday’s practice for the MotoGP Qatar Grand Prix.
Six-time MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez admits his recovery from vision problems last winter was “harder” than when he went through the same thing in 2011.
Maverick Vinales’ 2022 season appears to be make or break for the trouble MotoGP star, as he embarks on a full-time campaign with Aprilia after his acrimonious Yamaha split last year. The team is convinced it has pulled off a blinder in signing the nine-time race winner and is doing everything it can to extract the maximum from Vinales.
Joan Mir says the progress Suzuki has made with its 2022 MotoGP bike has made re-signing with the marque for 2023 his “priority”.
OPINION: Fabio Quartararo's MotoGP title defence has gotten off to a rocky start, as he has expressed dismay at a lack of progress made by Yamaha with the engine of its 2022 bike - so much so, he says his future beyond 2022 remains "open". Will this weekend's season-opening Qatar GP prove Quartararo's complaints have been valid, or simply about pressuring Yamaha during contract negotiations?
Ducati has announced it has re-signed 2021 MotoGP World Championship runner-up Francesco Bagnaia through to the end of 2024.
Pol Espargaro believes the work Honda has done to completely revise its MotoGP bike for 2022 and be strong straight away shows “you can see the muscle” of HRC.
Suzuki’s hunt for a new MotoGP team manager for 2022 has taken a hit as preferred option Davide Brivio will remain with Alpine.
The radical change of concept that Honda has pursued for its 2022 MotoGP bike has been the main talking point in pre-season testing. Most of its rivals highlighted have the competitiveness of a bike that is still very young and all indications suggest that their concerns are fully justified...
Tech 3 KTM MotoGP rookie Raul Fernandez has had to end the 2022 Mandalika test early due to vision problems on Sunday as a result of a heavy crash on Saturday.
Tech 3 KTM rookie Raul Fernandez says he had his first “real” crash on a MotoGP bike after coming off at 200km/h on Saturday at the Mandalika test.
World champion Fabio Quartararo says his MotoGP future is “still open” as Yamaha has made little progress with its 2022 bike in pre-season testing.
Six-time MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez is working with tennis star Rafa Nadal’s doctor on the recovery of the right arm he badly injured in 2020.
Suzuki project leader Shinichi Sahara says the Japanese marque is still looking for a new MotoGP team manager, but it’s “taking longer than I imagined”.
The 2022 Suzuki MotoGP bike is “close” to being ready to race after the first pre-season test in Malaysia, according to one-time world champion Joan Mir.
Sepang test pacesetter Enea Bastianini has explained how big a step it has been for him going from a 2019-spec Ducati to the 2021 version this pre-season.
Reigning MotoGP world champion Fabio Quartararo says he is “not happy compared to what I expected” with his Yamaha bike after the first 2022 pre-season test in Malaysia.
Aprilia has signed physical trainer Fabrizio Maganzi, who previously worked with double Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso, to help Maverick Vinales in MotoGP in 2022.
One-time MotoGP world champion and Suzuki rider Joan Mir says this week’s pre-season tests in Malaysia and Indonesia will be “important” in influencing his plans for 2023.
Reigning MotoGP world champion Fabio Quartararo says he is approaching the coming 2022 season “like if I was not champion”, as his primary goal must be race wins.
As Fabio Quartararo's and Joan Mir's contracts with Yamaha and Suzuki respectively expire, the market situation and the drop in salaries in MotoGP severely limit the strength of the last two world champions when it comes to negotiating their futures. That means renewing their current deals is likely the best option for both
Valentino Rossi was at the height of his powers with Honda in 2003, and few would have tipped him to join a Yamaha outfit that was in disarray. That he did so owed much to personable team manager Davide Brivio and his successful courtship efforts, resulting in the most successful chapter of Rossi's glittering MotoGP career.
Yamaha MotoGP team boss Lin Jarvis believes his ex-rider Maverick Vinales is “still dealing with his inner demons”, but believes he is just as talented as Fabio Quartararo.
Yamaha boss Lin Jarvis says MotoGP world champion Fabio Quartararo is popular with his rivals because he “doesn’t look for enemies” in his racing.
Suzuki is on the search for a new team manager after its decision not to replace Davide Brivio at the start of 2021 was backed up by its unsuccessful bid to help Joan Mir defend his 2020 MotoGP world title. But whoever Shinichi Sahara appoints next, it may have already come too late to convince Mir to stick with the project
OPINION: MotoGP-bound Darryn Binder was already under the microscope as his jump from Moto3 to join RNF's new top-class team was announced. But his crash with title hopeful Dennis Foggia caused significant consternation among the ranks - with many current riders suggesting the top level should be harder to break into as a result
Energica CEO Livia Cevolini assesses her company's passage through the MotoE World Cup and warns of the difficulties facing Ducati, the constructor that will supply the series from 2023 onwards.
New MotoGP champion Fabio Quartararo has brought "a huge dose of positivity" to Yamaha and is "no prima donna", according to his colleagues at the Japanese manufacturer team.
Ducati will take over from Energica as the supplier of the bikes that will compete in the MotoE World Cup from 2023, Motorsport.com has learned.
Fabio Quartararo has his first match point in the 2021 MotoGP title race this weekend at Misano. While the 2021 Yamaha is a much-improved bike to its inconsistent predecessor, its the rider himself who has shown the biggest evolution this season. Oriol Puigdemont delves into Quartararo's growth.
Honda MotoGP rider Marc Marquez donated his Aragon Grand Prix trophy to the family of Hugo Milan, who died in a European Talent Cup race in July aged just 14.
Marc Marquez's romp to victory at the Grand Prix of the Americas led many to believe the 'old' pre-injury Honda rider was close to coming back to his full powers. However, the 'old' Marquez will probably never exist again and instead he'll have to adapt to his new reality to return to title-winning ways in 2022.
His third place at Misano made Enea Bastianini the fifth different Ducati-mounted rider to score a podium in 2021. Amid a season that has seen one rider amass the bulk of Yamaha and Honda's success, the Ducati's versatility makes for a potent weapon, but the contribution of a former leading light shouldn't be forgotten
Honda boss Alberto Puig says Marc Marquez's injury will not change Honda's bike philosophy, and is convinced he will return to his former self "because he has not become afraid".
Incoming Tech3 MotoGP riders Remy Gardner and Raul Fernandez will make their debuts on the KTM in an official two-day test at Misano next weekend, Motorsport.com has learned.
OPINION: The return of Andrea Dovizioso to the grid at Misano will be an interesting subplot to the remainder of the 2021 MotoGP season. But the circumstances that have led to the former Ducati rider ending his sabbatical point to his signing being one more of convenience than a long-term commitment
Moto2 racer Xavi Vierge has turned down the offer to make his MotoGP debut with Petronas SRT at next weekend’s Aragon Grand Prix, Motorsport.com has learned.
Petronas' withdrawal and Yamaha's desire to promote Franco Morbidelli to its factory MotoGP team this season has opened the door for the return of Andrea Dovizioso at SRT.
Marc Marquez has claimed that his pre-injury self could have fought for the 2021 MotoGP title on the current Honda.
The 2020 MotoGP season was an enthralling affair, but few would argue with you if you thought the world championship was a poorer place without Marc Marquez. In an exclusive interview, he explains the challenges he's faced in his comeback from injury and what he makes of the current MotoGP landscape.
Aprilia is working at full speed to get Maverick Vinales to make his MotoGP debut for the Italian team as soon as possible this season, Motorsport.com has learned.
OPINION: The dramatic revelation that Yamaha had suspended Maverick Vinales from the Austrian MotoGP round for deliberately damaging his bike's engine was the latest in a series of tumultuous chapters in the Vinales-Yamaha relationship. Already on his way out at season's end, it's tough to envisage him returning to the saddle this year.