Oliveira to undergo shoulder surgery

3 Nov

Oliveira damaged the tendon in his shoulder when he was hit by Johann Zarco at the British GP back in August, that injury further aggravated by his high-speed practice crash at Phillip Island last week.After missing the Australian race he travelled to …

Sepang MotoGP: Mir shades Yamahas in warm-up

3 Nov

It was Morbidelli that spent the majority of the session on top, a 1m59.922s setting the early pace before he improved with a 1m59.832s.Mir then took over with a two-lap stint inside the last few minutes, the Spaniard jumping to the top with a 1m59.747…

Sepang MotoGP: Morbidelli edges Quartararo in FP3

2 Nov

The Italian jumped into the top spot with nine of the 45 minutes to go, his initial benchmark a 1m59.074s.He then improved to a 1m58.761s during a frantic final run, enough to hold off Quartararo by a couple of tenths.It’s the Frenchman, however, that …

Hamilton/Rossi ride swap locked in for December

1 Nov

The idea has been in the works for several years, Monster – a major backer of both the Yamaha MotoGP team and Mercedes Formula 1 outfit – pushing to get Hamilton on a GP-spec M1 and Rossi in Hamilton’s F1 car.Barring any last-minute personal schedule c…

Quartararo “deserved” factory Yamaha upgrade

1 Nov

On Friday, it was confirmed that Quartararo would join teammate Franco Morbidelli in having machine parity with works Yamaha riders Valentino Rossi and Maverick Vinales next season.In recent month SRT title sponsor Petronas has made no secret that it h…

Quartararo to race factory-spec Yamaha in 2020

1 Nov

The Petronas SRT rider will make the step up in hardware off the back of an impressive rookie campaign on the B-spec bike, which has featured six podiums and four poles.The Frenchman currently sits sixth in the standings, one spot clear of factory team…

Sepang MotoGP: Quartararo sets record FP1 pace

1 Nov

The Frenchman won out of a Petronas Yamaha shootout in the closing stages of the 45-minute session, pipping Franco Morbidelli by 0.083s.The tiny margin was enough to leave Quartararo on the right side of the lap record, his 1m59.027s a new race weekend…

Lorenzo “unrecognisable” during Honda tenure

31 Oct

Lorenzo has endured a nightmare season aboard the Honda RC213V, struggling with injuries and a general lack of confidence with the bike, and has finished no higher than 11th so far.He has amassed a total of 23 points in 13 races, and is guaranteed to f…

Podcast: Was Zarco quick enough on Honda debut?

31 Oct

Encountering tricky conditions throughout the weekend as he tried to learn the 2018-spec RC213V, Zarco showed flashes of speed and ended up just 26 seconds from the victory in 13th spot. His debut Honda weekend performance split opinion in the paddock,…

Nakagami undergoes successful shoulder surgery

30 Oct

Nakagami opted to skip the final three rounds of the year in Australia, Malaysia and Valencia, making his final appearance of the 2019 campaign at his home race in Japan.There, he struggled to 16th place, admitting the pain in his shoulder – caused by …

Zarco’s KTM woes made Honda debut sweeter

28 Oct

Zarco made his first of three outings as Takaaki Nakagami’s replacement on Team LCR’s year-old Honda in the Australian Grand Prix, having been dropped with immediate effect from KTM after the Misano round last month.With limited dry running at Phillip …