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Friday MotoGP Summary at Silverstone: A Bumpy Track, A Yamaha Revival, & A Voice from SpaceFor the past couple of months, the UK, along with the rest of Northern Europe, has been sweltering under one of the hottest summers in recent memory. That, of course, was before MotoGP arrived. The arrival of Grand Prix racing brought an abrupt end to the British summer, with temperatures...   

Cal Crutchlow Gets Factory Support from Honda thru 2020 This means the Englishman will be remaining at the LCR Honda team for the next two years, bringing him into line with almost the whole of the rest of the MotoGP grid. At the end of the 2020 season, Crutchlow will be involved in the next wave of contract madness, with all factory seats (with...   

Ducati Prepares for the Race at Its Misano Private Test, While Yamaha Prepares for the Future After back-to-back weekends at Brno and Spielberg, five teams headed to Misano, for a private test this weekend. For Ducati (the only team to issue a press release after the test, the test was mainly about preparing for their second home race at Misano in three weeks' time. Misano is a huge...   

Petronas SIC Yamaha MotoGP Team Set to DebutIt is hard to keep secrets in the MotoGP paddock (though not impossible, as Jorge Lorenzo's move to Repsol Honda conclusively proves). One of the worst kept secrets has been the news that the Sepang International Circuit, or SIC,is to expand its current operation to include a MotoGP team. Over...   

Friday MotoGP Summary at Spielberg: Reluctant Riders on a Treacherous Track The other question was, if it did rain, would the MotoGP riders go out and ride in the rain? Or would they deem the Red Bull Ring to be too dangerous to ride in the wet, and sit out practice, as they had threatened when rain had caused Moto2 riders to fall like skittles last year? It...   

Monday MotoGP Test Summary at Brno: Forward ProgressYou would think that after a tough weekend of racing in punishing conditions, the riders would find it very hard to spend eight hours on a MotoGP bike, pushing as close to race pace as possible, testing new parts and setup. Not according to Andrea Dovizioso. "No, for me it's very easy, and...   

KTM's Counter-Rotating MotoGP Engine Debuts at BrnoEver since Jerez, when the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team debuted a new engine with a counter-rotating crankshaft, fans and journalists have been asking when factory riders Pol Espargaro and Bradley Smith would be able to use the new engine on a race weekend. KTM test rider Mika Kallio had...   

Up-Close with the 2018 Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000R Suzuka 8-Hours Race BikeIn all our coverage of the 2018 Suzuka 8-Hours endurance race, the name Suzuki has woefully not been in much of the conversation. This isn't to say that the brand from Hamamatsu wasn't present at this prestigious event, but its level of involvement and readiness certainly wasn't on par with...   

Lin Jarvis Talks about the Sepang Yamaha Team, Dealing with Rumors, & Ending Yamaha's Winless Streak For good reasons and for bad reasons: the new Petronas SIC satellite team has been at the center of speculation over who would run the team, who would manage the team, and more importantly, who would ride for the team, with some top riders linked to the seats. But Yamaha have also now gone...   

MotoGP Preview of the Czech GP The modern tracks offer plenty of run off and nice wide tarmac, but are usually too tight and convoluted to give free rein to a MotoGP bike. The old tracks are fast, flowing, offer plenty of overtaking opportunities, and are a real challenge, but they also tend to be narrow, and, frankly,...