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Oriol Puigdemont

Oriol Puigdemont

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Huge fire wrecks Argentina MotoGP venue

The Termas de Rio Hondo circuit, host of the MotoGP Argentina Grand Prix, has suffered a huge fire which has destroyed most of the paddock and pit area.

How MotoGP’s COVID protocols will work in Qatar

MotoGP will implement a protocol which will allow the paddock to enter Qatar in March without having to serve a mandatory quarantine period.

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.

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.

Why Suzuki's Brivio replacement must come from within Prime

Why Suzuki's Brivio replacement must come from within

With its charismatic leader Davide Brivio leaving for Formula 1, the Suzuki MotoGP squad he turned into a world championship-winning force in 2020 has a major recruitment headache that it needs to resolve carefully.

Suzuki confirms Brivio departure ahead of Alpine F1 switch

Suzuki’s MotoGP squad has confirmed the departure of team boss Davide Brivio, ahead of his imminent switch to the Alpine Formula 1 team.

MotoGP working on plans to run Sepang test in February

MotoGP is working with the Malaysian government to allow the paddock to go to the first pre-season test in the country in February.

Mir a "deserving" MotoGP champion, says Marquez

Marc Marquez says Joan Mir has "deserved" his 2020 MotoGP title win as he was "the most regular" rider on the grid.

Marc Marquez faces six-month layoff after third surgery

Six-time MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez has undergone a third operation on his right arm in Madrid and likely faces a six-month recovery period.

The true Marquez blunder that caused lasting damage Prime

The true Marquez blunder that caused lasting damage

Regardless of whether or not Marc Marquez opts for a third surgery to fix the injury to his right arm, his attempted return to action at Jerez - four days after the initial operation - will go down as one of the worst decisions in MotoGP history

The defining plot points from MotoGP 2020 Prime

The defining plot points from MotoGP 2020

Largely shaped by the pandemic and the absence of its dominant force, 2020 proved to be MotoGP's most dramatic campaign in recent memory as a new champion emerged from a cluster of more fancied names. Here are the year's key takeaways

Alex Rins explains Valencia MotoGP qualifying “disaster”

Suzuki rider Alex Rins called his MotoGP Valencia Grand Prix qualifying “a bit of a disaster”, and says he was resigned to 14th place on the grid for Sunday’s race.

Gerloff won’t replace Rossi if he is ruled out of Valencia

Garrett Gerloff will not replace Valentino Rossi in the MotoGP Valencia Grand Prix should he be ruled out by COVID-19, has learned.

Dovizioso set to take MotoGP sabbatical in 2021

Outgoing Ducati MotoGP rider Andrea Dovizioso is set to take a sabbatical in 2021 and won't become a test rider, understands.

Yamaha being investigated over illegal MotoGP engines

Yamaha is under investigation for allegedly running illegal MotoGP engines during the Spanish Grand Prix weekend at Jerez, understands ahead of the European GP.

Why Mir shouldn't worry over not winning in hunt for MotoGP title Prime

Why Mir shouldn't worry over not winning in hunt for MotoGP title

Never has a MotoGP title been won by a rider who hasn't won a grand prix. However, this is the scenario facing points leader Joan Mir with three rounds to go. But, as Oriol Puigdemont writes, the Suzuki rider shouldn't worry over the top spot to win the title...

Dovizioso in negotiations with Yamaha for test rider role

Andrea Dovizioso could return to the Yamaha fold in 2021 as its official MotoGP test rider in place of Jorge Lorenzo, has learned.

Honda set to renew Repsol MotoGP title sponsorship deal

The factory Honda MotoGP squad is set to agree a new two-year title sponsorship deal with Spanish oil giant Repsol, has learned. 

How pressure management can win the MotoGP title Prime

How pressure management can win the MotoGP title

Inconsistency throughout the field has created one of the most unpredictable MotoGP campaigns in history. Seemingly a result of the absence of world champion Marc Marquez, the pressure this reality is creating is influencing the 2020 title fight

Marquez “expected much more” from Quartararo in 2020

Injured MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez admits he “expected much more” from erstwhile 2020 standings leader Fabio Quartararo after his double victory at Jerez in July.

Could Mir end Suzuki's 20-year wait in MotoGP? Prime

Could Mir end Suzuki's 20-year wait in MotoGP?

Three podiums from the last four races have propelled Joan Mir into the fight for the most unlikely of MotoGP titles. However, there are other factors that further back up his chances of serving up Suzuki's first premier-class crown since 2000

Lorenzo says 2021 Ducati deal "almost happened"

The following chat took place between Jorge Lorenzo and last weekend, while the current MotoGP world championship riders competed at Misano.

Suzuki: MotoGP stewards influence should be reduced

Suzuki team boss Davide Brivio has criticised MotoGP’s Stewards Panel for being given “too much importance” and feels stewarding needs rethought.

MotoGP teams wary of KTM building “super engine” for 2021

Several MotoGP manufacturers are not happy that KTM will be permitted to develop its engines ahead of the 2021 season, with fears it is working on a “super engine”.

Why MotoGP's stewards panel needs to be reviewed Prime

Why MotoGP's stewards panel needs to be reviewed

The inconsistent sanctioning policy of the FIM Stewards Panel, and the discontent that has spread among the three grids of the MotoGP World Championship as a result, makes an intervention essential to preserve the prestige of the championship

Vinales ignored Brembo advice on brakes for Styria MotoGP

Maverick Vinales ignored advice from MotoGP brake supplier Brembo to run a new system for the Styrian Grand Prix after Yamaha riders suffered numerous issues in the Austrian GP.

Marc Marquez’s MotoGP return delayed by at least two months

Honda has announced MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez will remain out of action for a further two to three months due to his broken right arm.

Yamaha withdraws request to unseal MotoGP engines

Yamaha has withdrawn its request to unseal its 2020 MotoGP engines to fix a mechanical issue on safety grounds, has learned.

Why the Ducati-Dovizioso MotoGP divorce was unavoidable Prime

Why the Ducati-Dovizioso MotoGP divorce was unavoidable

After months of speculation, Andrea Dovizioso's Ducati contract saga was shut down during MotoGP's Austrian Grand Prix weekend. Although he won the race and is fighting for the 2020 title, the impending split comes as no surprise…

KTM can develop engines if it loses MotoGP concessions

KTM will be able to unseal and develop its MotoGP engines in the event it loses its results-based concessions at the end of the 2020 season.

Yamaha requests to unseal engines after early season issues

Yamaha has made a request to all MotoGP manufacturers to unseal its engines on safety grounds following a series of mechanical issues, has learned.

The keys to KTM's meteoric rise in MotoGP Prime

The keys to KTM's meteoric rise in MotoGP

KTM has dominated every motorsport discipline it has entered throughout its history, but faced an entirely new challenge in MotoGP. Five years on, with huge investment in personnel and technology, here's how the Austrian brand has reached the summit

KTM says first MotoGP race win didn't come "by accident"

KTM boss Pit Beirer says the Austrian marque’s debut MotoGP win courtesy of Brad Binder at the Czech Grand Prix “didn’t come by accident”.

Dovizioso: Don't rule Marquez out of title fight yet

Andrea Dovizioso says he feels Marc Marquez still has a chance of contending for the 2020 MotoGP title despite losing 50 points to Fabio Quartararo in the first two rounds of the year at Jerez.

The set-up 'fight' reflecting a change in Rossi's standing Prime

The set-up 'fight' reflecting a change in Rossi's standing

Valentino Rossi returned to the MotoGP podium in the Andalusian GP, but it came after 'political' wrangling over bike set-up with Yamaha which represents another change in approach from Yamaha surrounding Rossi

Why Marquez isn't Vinales' main threat in MotoGP this year Prime

Why Marquez isn't Vinales' main threat in MotoGP this year

The performance in last Sunday's Spanish GP that ensured Fabio Quartararo won his first race in MotoGP's premier class, becoming the first Frenchman to do so since Regis Laconi in 1999, was the culmination of a stratospheric rise since his premier-class debut last season.

Injured Marquez evaluating shock Jerez MotoGP return this weekend

MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez, who broke his right arm in a violent Spanish Grand Prix crash, is exploring the option to make a shock return to action this weekend despite undergoing surgery on Tuesday.

Honda won't replace Marquez for second Jerez race

Honda will not replace the injured Marc Marquez in this weekend's MotoGP Andalusian Grand Prix, as the reigning champion is forced to sit out the second race at Jerez.

Why new-look MotoGP has makings of an unmissable season Prime

Why new-look MotoGP has makings of an unmissable season

Against the backdrop of rider moves, a calendar shake-up and different rules to play by - thanks to a development freeze instigated by Dorna in the name of cost-saving - the much-delayed MotoGP season has all the ingredients necessary for a classic

Why Crutchlow's Honda days were already numbered Prime

Why Crutchlow's Honda days were already numbered

Cal Crutchlow's Honda MotoGP exit has been confirmed. Though Pol Espargaro's move to the factory team pushing Alex Marquez to LCR may have made Crutchlow's exit inevitable, the writing was on the wall long before that, as Oriol Puigdemont explains

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. 

Dorna will help Crutchlow find a place on 2021 MotoGP grid

Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of MotoGP promoters Dorna Sports, says his organisation will “help to find” a place on the 2021 grid for Britain’s only full-time premier class rider Cal Crutchlow.

Quartararo faces hearing for testing rules breach

Petronas Yamaha MotoGP rider Fabio Quartararo will face an FIM hearing during the Spanish Grand Prix weekend for an alleged breach of private testing rules.

Why KTM's exodus suggests a management flaw Prime

Why KTM's exodus suggests a management flaw

With announcements imminent that Pol Espargaro and Jorge Martin have signed for Honda and Ducati respectively, the KTM exodus suggests a management flaw at the Austrian factory

Quartararo: Debut win not essential before move to Yamaha

Fabio Quartararo admits securing his debut MotoGP win is not essential to his graduation to the factory Yamaha squad next year, but he will still “try with all my might”.

Quartararo: Marquez has "raised the bar" for fitness

Future factory Yamaha MotoGP rider Fabio Quartararo says reigning world champion Marc Marquez has forced the entire championship to train harder, and has prompted the Frenchman to rethink his approach.

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.

Ducati secures Martin as Miller's Pramac replacement

Ducati has secured Moto2 frontrunner Jorge Martin to replace works team-bound Jack Miller at the Pramac MotoGP squad for 2021, has learned.

KTM insists engine freeze won't slow its progress

KTM insists that the MotoGP engine freeze introduced to control costs in the wake of the global coronavirus pandemic will not affect its progress.

Miller secures 2021 Ducati factory team promotion

Jack Miller will step up to the factory Ducati MotoGP team for the 2021 season, with an option to extend his stay by a further year.

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.

KTM opposed Aprilia engine development request

KTM has revealed it opposed Aprilia's request to continue developing its MotoGP engine before the 2020 season starts, and has no plans to deviate from its current design.

KTM plays down Dovizioso rumours for 2021

KTM MotoGP boss Pit Beirer says the Austrian marque’s plan is to retain Pol Espargaro and Brad Binder for 2021, casting doubt on rumours of Andrea Dovizioso joining the team.

Talks to place Rossi at Petronas SRT get underway

Petronas Yamaha boss Razlan Razali has revealed that talks have already been held about signing Valentino Rossi for the 2021 MotoGP season.

Petronas rules out Rossi/Lorenzo dream combo for 2021

Petronas Yamaha has suggested an all-start MotoGP line-up of Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo for 2021 is now unlikely, as it looks set to retain Franco Morbidelli.

Why Rossi joining Petronas looks almost inevitable Prime

Why Rossi joining Petronas looks almost inevitable

From taking time to assess his MotoGP future to having the decision effectively made for him, Valentino Rossi has made the first steps on the path to joining the satellite Petronas Yamaha squad.

Rins "annoyed" by claims Suzuki is easy to ride

Alex Rins admits that the widespread perception the Suzuki MotoGP bike is the easiest on the grid to ride "annoy" him.

How coronavirus has thrown MotoGP silly season wide open Prime

How coronavirus has thrown MotoGP silly season wide open

While certain key players are tied down for the foreseeable future, there remain significant question marks about the 2021 MotoGP rider roster, and the indefinite pause resulting from the coronavirus pandemic has created further complications

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.

MotoGP handled coronavirus better than “hesitant” F1

Honda team manager Alberto Puig believes MotoGP promoter Dorna Sports has responded to the coronavirus pandemic better than “hesitant” Formula 1 owner Liberty Media.