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Quartararo, Bagnaia and Mir

Quartararo, Bagnaia and Mir kick off the Qatar GP…

The four saddled up at Lusail International Circuit and then rode on street bikes – with each rider representing for their factory and Cafu on a BMW M 1000 RR – to the stadium in a unique parade, riding right to the edge of the turf that will host the final of the 2022 World Cup. After a quick photo opportunity there, it was time to hit the changing room and get ready to head out onto the pitch. The three riders had
Italian great Rossi inducted into MotoGP's Hall of Fame

Italian great Rossi inducted into MotoGP’s Hall of Fame

Nine-times world champion Valentino Rossi was inducted into MotoGP's Hall of Fame after the Italian put an end to his illustrious career of more than two decades with a 10th-place finish at the Valencia Grand Prix on Sunday. Seven-times MotoGP title winner Rossi, one of the greatest and most charismatic of motorcycling champions, delighted fans with a few quick laps at Valencia's Ricardo Tormo circuit but was unable to add to his 199 premier-class podiums. The 42-year-old, nicknamed "The Doctor", is considering a
Pedrosa to make MotoGP return in Austria as wild card

Pedrosa to make MotoGP return in Austria as wild…

LONDON: Dani Pedrosa will make a wildcard return to MotoGP at Austria's Red Bull Ring on August 6-8, the KTM team said on Wednesday (Jul 21). The 35-year-old Spaniard retired from full-time racing at the end of 2018 but has since served as KTM's factory test rider. Three times a runner-up in the top category, Pedrosa won 31 races with Honda between 2006-18. The race at the Red Bull Ring will be his first for KTM. "It’s interesting again to go into a
Marquez considered halting comeback due to shoulder pain

Marquez considered halting comeback due to shoulder pain

LONDON: Six-times MotoGP champion Marc Marquez said on Thursday (May 27) that he considered a break in racing after the Spanish Grand Prix as he struggles with his comeback from injury but decided to continue after encouraging discussions with his doctors. Marquez fractured his humerus in the 2020 season-opening Spanish Grand Prix in Jerez last July and did not race again all year, making his comeback only at last month's Portuguese Grand Prix, the third race of the season. Marquez is well off
Ducati's Jack Miller edged out team mate Francesco Bagnaia to claim his first MotoGP win in five years at the Spanish Grand Prix in Jerez on Sunday.

Miller cruises to Spanish GP win in Ducati one-two

Ducati's Jack Miller edged out team mate Francesco Bagnaia to claim his first MotoGP win in five years at the Spanish Grand Prix in Jerez on Sunday. Australia's Miller used his Ducati's power to pip pole-sitter Fabio Quartararo off the start line, with the Frenchman slipping to fourth behind Petronas Yamaha SRT's Franco Morbidelli and Bagnaia on the opening lap. Quartararo, who won both the races in Jerez last season, recovered over the next two laps to regain the lead and began to

Marquez nervous about return to MotoGP after crash

LONDON: Marc Marquez is a six-times MotoGP world champion but he admitted he had butterflies in his stomach ahead of this weekend's Portuguese Grand Prix when he returns to the track for the first time since last year's season-ending crash. Marquez fractured his upper arm in the season-opening Spanish Grand Prix in July and did not race again all year. The 28-year-old Repsol Honda rider also missed the opening two races of this season in Qatar. "My confidence is not high, I have

MotoGP’s closest-ever top 15 was captured at Losail in…

As we watch history unfold once more in Doha, the Tissot Grand Prix of Doha will go down as an instant classic. The Tissot Grand Prix of Doha now holds the record for the nearest top 15 finish in MotoGP history, held by Fabio Quartararo of Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP. The Losail International Circuit is known for producing tight finishes, but this time was no exception. The time was 8.928 seconds. In a ferocious sprint under the spotlight, Quartararo and Miguel Oliveira (Red

The ‘fabulous’ MotoGP double-header in Qatar delights the entire…

FIM President Jorge Viegas praised Qatar yesterday for staging "two good" Grands Prix to kick off the new MotoGP season on schedule. When the COVID-19 situation interrupted the international sports calendar worldwide last year, Qatar's legendary Losail International Circuit (LIC) was scheduled to launch the 2020 MotoGP season. As a result, the 2020 season's first-round in Qatar has been postponed. On the other hand, LIC welcomed riders for two opening rounds of the 2021 season over two back-to-back weekends to cheer up the

Miller heads Ducati armada in Doha

Day 1 of the TISSOT Grand Prix of Doha saw one marque very much lay down a marker, with four Ducatis ending the day in the top five. The fastest was Jack Miller (Ducati Lenovo Team) as the Australian bounced back from a more difficult first race of the season to top the timesheets, putting in a 1:53.145 to pull three tenths ahead of teammate Francesco Bagnaia in second. Third went to Qatar GP podium finisher Johann Zarco (Pramac Racing), with the Frenchman less than a tenth further
Lights, camera... RACE WEEK! MotoGP™ revs back into life

Lights, camera… RACE WEEK! MotoGP™ revs back into life

After a long winter break and five days of official testing, the time has finally come to suit and boot up for racing. Are you ready? First we saw the liveries, then we saw the class of 2021 head out for testing. Now, at the floodlit oasis of Losail International Circuit, it’s time to get suited and booted for another season of stunning competition. Rarely is anything predictable in this era of MotoGP™, but there is at least one certainty everyone can agree
Marquez ruled out of Qatar MotoGP to recover from surgery

Marquez ruled out of Qatar MotoGP to recover from…

The six-time MotoGP champion Marc Marquez has been ruled out of the season opener Qatar Grand Prix, the organising committee said on Monday, as he continues to recover from the surgery. Marquez got himself fractured in his right arm on July 19 2020 when he fell in the first Grand Prix of the previous season, an injury that needs three bouts of surgery. The last surgery he underwent was in the month of December. He came back to the training sessions at the

Lowes, Bezzecchi and Gardner end Sunday within just 0.048

It was another incredibly close day on the timesheets for Moto2™, with the Brit taking top honours this time . Another day, another incredibly tight fight at the top of the Moto2™ timesheets? Yup. Sunday at the Official Moto2™ and Moto3™ Qatar Test saw Sam Lowes (Elf Marc VDS Racing Team) snatch P1 in the intermediate class, but the top three was covered by just 0.048 as Marco Bezzecchi (Sky Racing Team VR46) took second and Remy Gardner (Red Bull KTM Ajo) third. All

Qatar to give Covid-19 vaccination to all members of…

Participants of the MotoGP family visiting Doha can receive the Covid-19 vaccine. In 2021, the country greatly increased its Covid-19 vaccination schedule, and as a result of this development, it is now able to provide the vaccine to all traveling participants of the MotoGP paddock. Qatar will host all pre-season practice for all classes of the championship and the first two Grands Prix, this season, with the entire MotoGP family in attendance for up to five weeks. The Qatar government has provided MotoGP

Match point Mir: can the resistance stage a final…

For months, the fight for the 2020 MotoGP™ World Championship has seemed too close to call, with almost half the field in with a mathematical chance at the crown. With 15 different riders on the podium and a record-equalling nine different winners, five of them first timers, there have been more twists and turns than anyone would have predicted when competition re-started in Jerez. Yet here we are, on the verge of more history and with one man now firmly in the driving

Provisional 2021 FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup calendar announced

The provisional calendar for the 2021 FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup can now be revealed, with the Cup set to expand to a six-event, seven-race season. After a four-event inaugural Cup in 2019 and five events in 2020, the third year of competition for MotoE™ adds another round and two new tracks. The first five events will comprise three Free Practice sessions and the E-Pole session to preface one 15-minute race on Sunday morning at 10:05, whereas the final round will once again be

Court of Arbitration for Sport decision: Andrea Iannone

The FIM has taken due note of the Court of Arbitration for Sport decision to impose a four-year period of ineligibility on Andrea Iannone. The period of ineligibility begins on the 17th of December 2019. Press Release The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has announced its decision in the appeal arbitration procedures between the Italian MotoGP rider Andrea Iannone, the World AntiDoping Agency (WADA) and the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM). Andrea Iannone and WADA filed separate appeals at CAS against the decision