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Mon, 2014-03-24 18:08
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Finding his feet: Cal Crutchlow is still adapting to the Ducati


Setting his sights on the future: Alex Marquez ready to roll


The Ducati Desmosedici GP14: A work in progress


Aleix Espargaro lit up the desert night


Working it: real improvement coming from Bradley Smith


Low grip, dusty, dark - Losail is not one of Dani Pedrosa's favorite circuits


Rossi's retirement: The boss talks to Vitto Guareschi about his VR46 Team Sky Moto3 squad


The personality of Kevin Schwantz and the talent of Casey Stoner. Jack Miller has big things ahead of him


The Honda RCV1000R is not the rocketship Nicky Hayden had hoped it would be


Smiles all round. Alvaro Bautista is earning his ride this year


Does the old man still have it?


Gambling man: Danny Kent has dropped back to the Moto3 class hoping for a shot at the title


Broken leg? What broken leg?


Determination in the eyes of Jorge Lorenzo


On your marks ...


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Sat, 2014-03-22 18:54
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Night becomes day for Cal Crutchlow


Meet the new boss. Aleix Espargaro has blown everyone away at Qatar


Valentino Rossi's led-lit helmet looks great under the floodlights


Not a happy bunny. Lorenzo will have to wait for Le Mans for some help with the tires


Mike Leitner, a big part of Dani Pedrosa's 25 MotoGP wins


This is a big year for Stefan Bradl. Podium or bust


Broke his leg 6 weeks ago, and straight back to the top. No stopping Marc Marquez


Crazy Joe casts a long shadow in the Losail Night


The joy of having fuel to burn. Still among the slowest along the straight


Penny for your thoughts, Scott Redding?


Danilo Petrucci raises sparks in the night


Nicky Hayden in green. Takes some getting used to


Testing at Qatar is paying dividends for Alvaro Bautista


Don't mess with Texas


Dirt tracking - that's how Marquez broke his leg last time...


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Fri, 2014-03-21 13:58
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Here's to a colorful 2014


Winning is one thing. Defending, though ...


It takes plenty of cat-herding...


... to get racers to sit still for five minutes


Taka Nakagami's Idemitsu Honda Kalex looks stunning under the lights. Fast too.


Episode IV: A New Hope


Rossi has some new hope too


Tito Rabat, human spider


Jack Miller, the man who would be Moto3 champ


Worried faces over tires and fuel


Because this man can't get edge grip from the heat-resistant 2014 tires


It's a steep learning curve for Scott Redding. Technical problems don't really help


Dani Pedrosa is so often overlooked. Until you look at his record.


Maverick Viñales has taken no time at all to get up to speed in Moto2


Silvano Galbusera, who replaced Jerry Burgess as Rossi's crew chief. So far, so good.

 


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Wed, 2014-03-19 14:22
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Yamaha today took the wraps off their 2014 livery, unveiling their Movistar sponsorship for the first time. They issued the following press release, with photos of the new bike:


Movistar Yamaha MotoGP take the covers off to Kick Start the 2014 season

Losail Circuit (Qatar), 19th March 2014

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP kick started the Qatar MotoGP weekend this afternoon by taking the covers off the 2014 YZR-M1 in front of the world’s key motorcycle media.

Riders Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi were joined on the Losail circuit start grid by Kouichi Tsuji, General Manager of Yamaha Motor Co.'s Motorsports Division, Yamaha Motor Racing’s Managing Director Lin Jarvis and Telefónica Spain’s Director of Media, Luis Velo to reveal the new livery.

The first two months of the year have seen a flurry of activity for the team, highlighted by the recent ground breaking five-year title sponsorship agreement that launches the team Yamaha Movistar MotoGP ahead of the 2014 season.

The new year has also seen the announcement of other new sponsors to the Team including EURASIAN BANK and FIAT PROFESSIONAL along with renewals and continued partnerships with ENEOS, SEMAKIN DI DEPAN (Yamaha Motor Indonesia), MONSTER ENERGY, SUISSEGAS, YAMALUBE AND TW STEEL.

Pre-season testing on track has been very positive. With the exception of a rear grip issues at Sepang, both Lorenzo, Rossi and the 2014 YZR-M1 have shown great promise and speed in the shakedown ahead of this season’s title challenge.

Now the wait is over and the riders will take to the track under the floodlights of the Losail circuit in Qatar in just 24hrs to begin practice for round one of the 2014 MotoGP World Championship, the Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar.

The track has proved to be a great season starter for Lorenzo, the double premier class world champion having taken consecutive victories in the last two races. Lorenzo has always started from the front row and never finished off the podium in Qatar.

Nine-time world champion Rossi has an equally impressive record at the Losail circuit, claiming three wins and taking second last year after a fantastic battle with then rookie Marc Marquez in his first MotoGP race.

Built in the desert on the outskirts of Qatar’s capital city Doha, the Losail International Circuit has hosted a MotoGP round since 2004. The track celebrated the first ever night-time Grand Prix in 2008 and continues to be the only night race on the calendar. The 5.4km track is well suited to the YZR-M1 with a fast flowing nature. With a main straight over a kilometre in length and a combination of medium and high-speed corners the track is guaranteed to provide an exciting spectacle to start the season.

Unlike normal race weekends this weekend’s practice will be run from Thursday to Saturday, ensuring the riders get the optimum track conditions in the evening sessions.

Hiroyuki Yanagi

President, Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd

"In February, we held a press conference in Malaysia to discuss Yamaha’s close relationship with motor sports. Indeed, racing is in Yamaha's DNA.

Racing is even embodied in our brand message, “Revs your Heart”. Like the thrill people feel when they hear engine revs rise, Yamaha strives to inspire people with exciting moments and great experiences based on unique Yamaha initiatives spanning many racing forums. One of our most important missions is to succeed in MotoGP, the pinnacle of motorcycle racing. We are now preparing for this year’s campaign, when we hope to capture the MotoGP championship. I am very pleased to announce that the Yamaha Factory MotoGP Team has entered a five-year partnership with Movistar, the Spanish mobile phone operator owned by Telefonica España. From this year, they will race as the “Movistar Yamaha MotoGP” team. We are delighted to make this announcement, because we look forward to building a strong partnership with Movistar in MotoGP. Partnering with Movistar is a major step towards achieving our goals. With superstars Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi on board, we expect to enjoy many fine performances by Movistar Yamaha MotoGP, ultimately leading to the championship. With the racing season upon us, please look forward to big things from Yamaha!"

Jorge Lorenzo

"Finally we can start the engines! The forthcoming championship is about to kick off and that sounds great after a long winter. As we were able to improve our performance at Phillip Island with the new tyres I feel quite confident for the very first race. I undertook three surgeries during the wintertime to take out some plates and metal pieces from the collarbone and the hand so I returned to full fitness quite late. In general I feel nearly at 100% and I guess in Qatar we won’t have any problems to push to the maximum. Concerning the track needless to say this is a good layout for both my Yamaha and me. I won here the past two races in a row and this is a circuit that suits in a good way the M1. The only thing we have to wait and see is the behaviour of the new tyres; especially on this surface; there is usually plenty of sand because it’s surround by the desert. The championship is going to be even tighter than last season was and at the beginning just Márquez begins as the favorite contender. Afterwards I guess Dani or me are in a good position but also Valentino who is even hungrier than in 2013. Regarding Marc’s pace we should wait before saying anything about it. He is so strong and quick. Maybe he won't start at a perfect level but I’m pretty sure he is going to be close to 100%. This 2014 season is going to be exciting and thrilling. I start in a very good position, filled with positive energy and optimism. The bike with the new changes is working really well and we solved the little problem of the engine, fixing the electronics in order to mitigate the aggressive behavior on the starts. Now it's response is softer than at the beginning of the season in Malaysia and also we can count on a "complete" seamless gearbox, that is also a good news for us. I’m really looking forward to tomorrow, following the unveiling of the new Movistar Yamaha MotoGP livery. I love the new bike and the new colours. Posing with the new bike today has been the best incentive to kick-off the season!"

Valentino Rossi

"I’m so happy because we are finally here at the start of the first race weekend of the year. We have worked very hard in the testing to make some of my issues from last year better and we have found some really good speed. I have been able to be very competitive and been with the fastest riders during testing. I’m very happy with the work done to my M1 over the winter that has helped me to be fast; we have a competitive bike to fight for the podium this weekend. I have a great feeling with the bike and I can’t wait to start the season tomorrow. Our competitors are also quite fast and so I think there are going to be some very exciting races. I am really looking forward to some great battles and fighting for the podium! When I received the news of the arrival of Movistar, I was very happy. It is a great thing to start the year with such a fantastic sponsorship announcement. We must all be very happy for that. Yamaha are very excited, and I am as well. I hope that Movistar will enjoy the journey with us this year and bring luck and podiums! Surely it is a greater incentive to do even better. As for the bike and the new livery, I like it a lot. It’s really nice, really “racing!”. We start the season in the best possible way, showing our fans a beautiful livery. Now we must do our best to collect good results on track!"

Lin Jarvis

Managing Director, Yamaha Motor Racing

"This is one of the most exciting starts to a season that I can remember. This winter has been very intense behind the scenes. Our engineers have been working tirelessly to improve every aspect of the bike’s performance and our riders have been preparing themselves physically and mentally for this very important new season. Our management team have also been working non-stop to conclude all discussions and negotiations back in the office, and our Team staff and Marketing & Communications staff have been working frantically, burning the midnight oil to get the Team ready today with our new Movistar Yamaha MotoGP branding. It is great to welcome Movistar back in the world of MotoGP and I am delighted to have so many passionate sponsors and partners on board with us for this new campaign. We will do our maximum to get the results everybody craves for. We are ready, we are hungry and we are excited to go racing!"

Luis Velo

Director of Media, Telefónica Spain

"Our sponsorship of Yamaha’s MotoGP Team is an investment in Movistar’s relationship with the motoring world in general and MotoGP in particular. We want to contribute to the sport, and there is no better way to do it than by accompanying Yamaha and their two champions Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi on their journey. Being part of this team is one more milestone in Movistar’s global activity to support the development of the MotoGP World Championship, of which we are already part, thanks to the Movistar TV’s brand new channel, Movistar MotoGP. With exclusive contents from Wednesday to Sunday each GP week, and by offering a unique way of watching the championship to our audience, we are trying to support a sport with which we share DNA."

Tue, 2014-03-04 22:16
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The Honda exhaust remains a work of eye-watering beauty


Brighter later


Tito Rabat, the fastest man in Moto2. So far...


Jorge Lorenzo has been testing a new fairing, to deal with the wind at PI


It has a significantly different nose


With a protruding lower lip


And much narrower profile


Valentino Rossi, new style - body well off the bike, less far forward


Compare and contrast with Jorge Lorenzo


Meet the new boss - Davide Tardozzi perfecting the team boss stare


Testing is all about data


and more data


One of a growing band of women in the paddock. Andrea Canto Pastor was Livio Loi's data engineer in Moto3 last year, has moved up to Moto2 this season


Mika Kallio in one of his more expressive moods


Cal Crutchlow, caught in thought


Silvano Galbusera, Rossi's new crew chief, and one of the palest men in the paddock


Still no match for Tito 'The Ghost' Rabat, though...


Martina - Nico's new ride


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Mon, 2014-03-03 20:50
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To test tires, you must have tires to test


Deeply unhappy at Sepang, on top at Phillip Island. Funny things, tires


Ducati competing in the Open class hasn't stopped Cal Crutchlow from getting some serious lean


Dani Pedrosa has lean angle covered too


Communing with the motorcycling gods. Valentino Rossi's pre-ride ritual


Real improvements at Ducati: fit and finish is improved. Seams now have virtually no gap


And the carbon fiber rear swingarm has been dropped in favor of aluminium


Waiting to be shod


99 problems, but Phillip Island ain't one


Ever the showman


As he matures, Dani Pedrosa is learning to relax. More smiles than five years ago


Moto2 are at PI as well, testing Dunlops. Nico Terol plays to the crowds


Ready


No Movistar. Yet.


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Tue, 2014-02-18 14:49
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The only #1 you'll see this year. Tom Sykes showing he's a true champion


Eugene Laverty rolls out for a new challenge this year on the Suzuki


Fastest EVO man so far: Niccolo Canepa


Under the covers: the Kawasaki ZX-10R gets naked


Johnny Rea does like to be beside the seaside


As does teammate Leon Haslam


The face of experience: Aaron Yates will need all 20 years of his professional career to help get the EBR ready


The EBR 1190RX looks pretty sweet, though


Davide Giugliano has impressed so far on the Panigale


The EVO class has been a boon for the smaller teams. Alessandro Andreozzi is racing an EVO Kawasaki with Pedercini


Sylvain Barrier started well, but a big crash saw him fracture his pelvis


The boss


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Mon, 2014-02-17 13:54
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One Chaz takes over from another. Chaz Davies takes over the bike and race number of retired champion Carlos Checa


New boy on a new bike. Geoff May takes the EBR 1190 for a spin


Ready? Then we'll begin


Loris Baz, on fire at PI


Perhaps the prettiest paint job in WSS, the Pata Honda, this one featuring Lorenzo Zanetti


Innovation in WSBK. But will Erik Buell's rim brakes hold up to the rigours of World Superbike racing?


Pondering the future. Can Kenan Sofuoglu bag his fourth WSS title?


Johnny Rea. Will things get any easier for him this year?


Another new bike. This time, the MV Agusta, before the clutch is tucked away under its cover


Aaron Yates, still plenty of style despite his age


PJ Jacobsen impressed in BSB. Time to shake up World Supersport


First, though, he will have to beat this man


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Sat, 2014-02-08 12:25
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The fastest bike in the world around Sepang


This bike racked up the miles in Sepang, as Ducati test rider Michele Pirro had a lot of work to do


Big Data: racing's newest god


Ducati Desmosedici GP13: straight, three-piece radiator


Ducati Desmosedici GP14: curved, one-piece radiator


HRC test rider Kousuke Akiyoshi takes Dani Pedrosa's bike out for a spin


Nicky's ride, naked


This is what 23 liters of fuel looks like on a Honda production racer


The business end of Pol Espargaro's Monster Tech 3 Yamaha M1


The business end of his brother's Yamaha FTR. Swingarm is the same, fittings aren't


New tank, new seat, new handlebar position on the GP14


New exhaust layout, new chassis, and a cleaner, tidier look on the Ducati


Akrapovic exhausts and a less fussy frame


The tank mates nicely with the frame as well


The carbon fiber seat unit has a hole in it for the fuel


That's been a while. Colin Edwards' racing number on a Yamaha


All your base are belong to us. The Repsol Honda dashboard


RCV1000R uncovered. Relatively short front frame mounts, sturdily braced


04, ready for '14


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Fri, 2014-02-07 23:40
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Big changes at Ducati. Andrea Dovizioso shows off the new tank cover housing a revised electronics position.


Here's another part: the rear seat unit is wider, and features larger air scoops


New frame, new tank, new seat, new fairing, new handlebar grip position... the list goes on


Carbon fiber fairings: favorite of fans, bane of photographers


The test Honda. The 60,000 euro torque strain sensor is the key to the RCV213V's electronics magic


Black is the new ... black


Not as fast as it looks


Honda's massive air scoop. If you've never seen a photo of a whale shark feeding, this is what it looks like


Fast, by Aleix. Espargaro's Yamaha FTR


On Thursday, the NGM Forward team tested an intake based on the Yamaha shape, rather than the FTR one


99 problems, but the front wheel ain't one


Yamaha's test machine


The Avintia Open bike. A cross between a ZX10-R and a Hayate


A blunter nose, a bigger air scoop. The 2014 Desmosedici, current version


A curved radiator is another change made this year


A touch of color at the test


Yamaha's Cylon tail light


A Honda RCV1000R, unclothed. About to open the gearbox, impossible with the factory bike


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