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The one positive of MotoGP races without fans
OPINION: With most, if not all, of the 2020 MotoGP season to be run without fans, some atmosphere will disappear from races. But no fans means no booing directed at riders this year, and that will be a most welcome change.
Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson still says one of the highlights of his 40-plus-year career with the Canadian power trio was the Glasgow Apollo crowd loudly singing 'Closer to the Heart' during their 'Permanent Waves' tour in 1980 - a moment captured on the band's epic "Exit Stage Left" live album from 1981. And 1992 Formula 1 world champion Nigel Mansell famously said the noise of the Silverstone crowd actually gained him laptime.
The point of my constant display of affection for Rush and Mansell's hyperbole is this: Fans are an integral part of an event.
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Motorcycle racing's greatest showman has left the stage, as Valentino Rossi calls time on his remarkable career on two wheels. But in his successors, all of whom were inspired by 'the Doctor', grand prix racing has vibrant new acts to keep us hooked
The 2021 MotoGP season may have only just ended but preparations for 2022 are well underway following a two-day test at Jerez this week. Ducati has hit the ground running while a lack of progress dominated Yamaha’s and world champion Fabio Quartararo’s test. While no battle lines have been drawn yet for 2022, it appears Ducati has already drawn first blood...
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
The greatest chapter in MotoGP history came to a close at the Valencia Grand Prix as Valentino Rossi bid farewell after 26 seasons of grand prix racing. While his run to a strong 10th was a pleasing end to his time in MotoGP, it was what happened at the front of the grid that capped the Italian's ideal send-off
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
Fabio Quartararo’s first DNF of his title-winning 2021 MotoGP season couldn’t have come at a better time. But the events of the Yamaha rider’s Algarve Grand Prix exposed the M1’s well-known major weakness, which could threaten his championship defence given the increasingly Ducati-heavy makeup of the grid heading into 2022
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