Oriol Puigdemont

Oriol Puigdemont

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Why MotoGP isn't following F1's engine freeze path

Where Formula 1 has drawn a line in the sand on cost control by agreeing to halt engine development, MotoGP has no intention of doing likewise, despite strong economic incentives.

The signs that point to Rossi's MotoGP retirement Prime

The signs that point to Rossi's MotoGP retirement

It's not been a happy start to 2021 for Valentino Rossi at the Petronas SRT satellite squad, with performances that are a shadow of the rider that utterly dominated MotoGP at the start of the new millennium. At the age of 42, how much longer can he go on?

Why Miller deserves a Ducati MotoGP contract renewal

Jack Miller's second consecutive MotoGP victory in the French Grand Prix has reinforced the Australian's confidence after a difficult start to his first season as a Ducati factory rider. Now the onus is on Ducati to reward him

How Jerez underlined MotoGP's speed problem Prime

How Jerez underlined MotoGP's speed problem

The brutal nature of a series of crashes at Jerez has reopened the debate about whether current MotoGP speeds are beyond the safety limits of the tracks. But even if riders are supportive of the move, getting the manufacturers to find a consensus on how speed reductions should be achieved may be altogether harder

Brivio: Talking with Alonso no different to MotoGP champion Mir

Alpine Formula 1 racing director and former Suzuki team boss Davide Brivio says talking with Fernando Alonso is "not very different" to reigning MotoGP world champion Joan Mir.

Rins "not an idiot" in Portugal MotoGP lead crash
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Rins "not an idiot" in Portugal MotoGP lead crash

Alex Rins says he would have let Fabio Quartararo go in their MotoGP victory battle in Portugal had he seen he was over the limit as "I'm not an idiot".

What does Marc Marquez have to do to get back to his best? Prime

What does Marc Marquez have to do to get back to his best?

Following his resounding MotoGP return with a seventh place finish in Portugal, Marc Marquez now must work to rediscover his best form before turning his attention towards results-based targets

Ducati wants to keep its six MotoGP bikes for 2022

Ducati is keen to continue fielding six bikes in MotoGP beyond the 2021 season and has been in contact with Gresini Racing about a potential tie-up.

Ducati: "Gamble" Zarco proving to be rider "we thought he was"

Ducati sporting director Paolo Ciabatti admits signing Johann Zarco in 2020 was a “gamble” as “nobody trusted him” following his miserable part-2019 MotoGP campaign with KTM.

Why MotoGP's stewards must revisit Miller and Mir's Losail clash

Despite Suzuki’s decision not to appeal against Race Direction’s refusal to penalise Jack Miller following the incident with Joan Mir in Losail, something must be done to avoid a repeat of such an incident, which could have easily ended in tragedy

How Suzuki plans to avenge Mir's Qatar podium defeat to Ducati

After clearing all doubts generated by the MotoGP pre-season in last week’s Qatar Grand Prix, Suzuki and Joan Mir have a new task on their hands for the Doha GP.

Espargaro angry with result of “amazing” Honda MotoGP debut

Pol Espargaro admits he is “angry” with eighth in the Qatar Grand Prix on his Honda MotoGP debut, but also hailed his race as “amazing”.

Morbidelli’s Qatar GP wrecked by holeshot device issue

Franco Morbidelli’s MotoGP Qatar Grand Prix was wrecked by an issue with his Petronas SRT Yamaha’s holeshot device, which left him without points in 18th.

The key changes behind the latest 'return of the Mack'

Maverick Vinales’s authoritative victory at the MotoGP season opener came during a period of personal and professional change for the Yamaha rider. Can it be the springboard for a title challenge?

MotoGP champion Mir denied Qatar podium by "ambition"

Suzuki’s Joan Mir says “ambition” denied him a podium in the Qatar Grand Prix to kick off his MotoGP title defence, after being pipped on the line by two Ducatis.

MotoGP gets Drive to Survive-style series on Amazon Prime

MotoGP promoter Dorna Sports is finalising plans to have its own Drive to Survive-style documentary series on the Amazon Prime Video streaming platform.

Marquez to travel to Qatar for COVID-19 vaccine

Six-time premier class world champion Marc Marquez will travel to Qatar this week to receive the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine being offered to the MotoGP paddock.

Marquez cleared to ride again, Qatar return hopes boosted

Six-time MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez has been cleared by doctors to ride a motorcycle for the first time since July, boosting his Qatar Grand Prix return hopes.

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, Motorsport.com 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, Motorsport.com 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, Motorsport.com 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, Motorsport.com 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, Motorsport.com 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 Motorsport.com 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, Motorsport.com 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, Motorsport.com 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.