Hiroshi Aoyama

2014 Assen MotoGP Friday Post-Qualifying Press Releases

Press releases from the MotoGP teams and Bridgestone after qualifying at Assen:

Round Number: 
8
Year: 
2014

2014 Assen MotoGP Preview Press Releases

Press releases from the MotoGP teams and Bridgestone ahead of Saturday's Dutch TT at Assen:

Round Number: 
8
Year: 
2014

2014 Barcelona MotoGP Sunday Post-Race Press Releases

Press releases from the MotoGP teams, Bridgestone and Honda after today's thrilling race at Barcelona:

Round Number: 
7
Year: 
2014

2014 Barcelona MotoGP Saturday Post-Qualifying Press Releases

Press releases from the MotoGP teams and Bridgestone after qualifying at Barcelona:

Round Number: 
7
Year: 
2014

2014 Barcelona MotoGP Friday Post-Practice Press Releases

Press releases from the MotoGP teams and Bridgestone after the first day of practice at Barcelona:

Round Number: 
7
Year: 
2014

2014 Barcelona MotoGP Preview Press Releases

Press releases from the MotoGP teams and Bridgestone ahead of this weekend's Grand Prix at Barcelona:

Round Number: 
7
Year: 
2014

2014 Mugello MotoGP Post-Race Press Releases

Press releases from the MotoGP teams after Sunday's epic Italian Grand Prix at Mugello:

Round Number: 
6
Year: 
2014

2014 Mugello MotoGP Friday Press Releases

Press releases from the MotoGP teams and Bridgestone after the first day of practice at Mugello:

Round Number: 
6
Year: 
2014

2014 Mugello MotoGP Preview Press Releases

Press releases from the MotoGP teams and Bridgestone previewing the Italian Grand Prix at Mugello:

Round Number: 
6
Year: 
2014

Major Upgrades Coming For Honda RCV1000R - But Not Until 2015

Honda's RCV1000R production racer is due to get some upgrades after all, but those upgrades are not set to come until 2015, according to reports on GPOne.com. The performance of the RCV1000R has been a source of some disappointment for the teams who stumped up the roughly 1 million euros a season the bike costs, as well as for the riders who have been hired to race the bike. After reports that a Honda test rider had lapped with 0.3 seconds of the factory RC213V machine, expectations of the bike were very high indeed. 

On the track, the RCV1000R has not got anywhere near the times expected of it. Comparing the fastest race lap of the fastest RCV1000R rider against the slowest RC213V rider shows an average difference of 0.730 seconds over the first five races of the season, four tenths more than Honda had managed with a test rider. Teams have complained, riders have been open in criticizing the lack of power, and the current teams have been eyeing the Open class Yamahas fielded by the NGM Forward team with some interest.

2014 Le Mans MotoGP Sunday Post-Race Press Releases

Press releases from the MotoGP teams and Bridgestone after Sunday's French Grand Prix at Le Mans:

Round Number: 
5
Year: 
2014

2014 Le Mans MotoGP Saturday Post-Qualifying Press Releases

Press releases from the MotoGP teams and Bridgestone after qualifying for Sunday's MotoGP race at Le Mans:

Round Number: 
5
Year: 
2014

2014 Le Mans MotoGP Friday Post-Practice Press Releases

Press releases from the MotoGP teams and Bridgestone after the first day of practice for the French Grand Prix at Le Mans:

Round Number: 
5
Year: 
2014

2014 Le Mans MotoGP Preview: Can Anyone Stop Marc Marquez Making It Five In A Row?

As the MotoGP circus descends upon the charming French town of Le Mans this weekend, there is one question at the front of everybody's minds: can he do it? Can Marc Marquez continue his incredible string of poles and victories by winning at Le Mans? On the evidence of the 2014 season so far, you would have to say he can. But Le Mans is a different circuit, and one where a gaggle of Yamaha riders have gone well in the past. This could possibly be the first race since Qatar where Marquez is made to work for it.

Marquez has a lot going for him in France. Leaving aside his form – a perfect record of poles and wins this year, as well as being fastest in over half the sessions of free practice so far – the track looks to play to the Honda's strengths, on paper at least. The stop-and-go nature of the Le Mans track sees the bikes spend a lot of time under hard acceleration, with slower corners needing hard braking. The Honda's 'V' approach to the corners – brake late, turn hard, stand the bike up quickly and get on the gas – seems to be a much better fit to the Le Mans circuit than Yamaha's 'U' style – brake early, enter faster, carry more corner speed and smoothly wind on the throttle.

And yet Yamaha riders have won four of the last six races at the circuit. Jorge Lorenzo has won the French Grand Prix at Le Mans three times, and each time with a very comfortable margin over his competitors. Valentino Rossi has won here twice on a Yamaha, in 2005 and 2008, and finished second behind Lorenzo in 2010. It's even a track where Colin Edwards has shone in the past on a Yamaha – and where perhaps he can do well once again, despite hating the current Yamaha chassis he is riding at Forward Yamaha. This is the first in a series of circuits where Yamaha riders have dominated in the past. If Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi want to start fighting back against the might of Marquez, Le Mans is as good a place to start as any.

2014 Le Mans MotoGP Preview Press Releases

Press release previews from the MotoGP teams and Bridgestone ahead of this weekend's French MotoGP round at Le Mans:

Round Number: 
5
Year: 
2014
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