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Marquez doesn’t care “faster” Honda is harder to ride

Marquez's run to his sixth premier-class crown this year was lauded by rivals as near-perfect, and the champion himself admitted he felt it was his best title campaign yet. This, however, came against the backdrop of poor form for his Repsol Honda squadmate Jorge Lorenzo, as well as fellow 2019-spec Honda rider Cal Crutchlow of LCR. Both Lorenzo and Crutchlow have on several occasions expressed a preference for the previous
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Honda deal has closed the door at Yamaha

"They didn’t call to win the last races," he said. "They’ve offered me this bike because I’m available. From my side, I just hope to find good feelings. And if I can’t make use of this material they will provide me, it will mean I don’t have my place in MotoGP. "They give me three races, they give me a chance and I want to live it at the maximum.
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Honda deal has closed the door at Yamaha

"They didn’t call to win the last races," he said. "They’ve offered me this bike because I’m available. From my side, I just hope to find good feelings. And if I can’t make use of this material they will provide me, it will mean I don’t have my place in MotoGP. "They give me three races, they give me a chance and I want to live it at the maximum.
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Zarco will “do better than people expect”

KTM outcast Zarco has been drafted in to replace Takaaki Nakagami on the year-old Honda RC213V at Phillip Island, Sepang and Valencia, with the Japanese rider ruled out due to a planned surgery. Zarco had toiled on a KTM RC16 bike that has been likened to the Honda, but Crutchlow - who has long expressed a preference for the 2018-spec RC213V over the current version - believes Zarco should be
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LCR’s Zarco idea “surprised” Honda bosses

Motorsport.com revealed earlier this week Nakagami will undergo surgery on a shoulder injury after his home race in Japan, and will be replaced by Zarco for the Australian, Malaysian and Valencia Grands Prix – news that was officially confirmed on Wednesday. Zarco was dropped from KTM’s line-up following last month’s Misano race, having already asked for his two-year deal to be terminated early amid a tough season. Cecchinello admits HRC
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Espargaro's KTM teammate should be ready to "suffer"

Johann Zarco joined Espargaro at KTM on a two-year deal at the end of last season, but requested to be released from the contract a year early, before being sidelined mid-season in favour of tester Mika Kallio.With most MotoGP-calibre riders contracted elsewhere through 2021, KTM has been in no rush to firm up its 2020 plans.Asked by Motorsport.com whether KTM has sought his input into ...Keep reading Source link
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Zarco’s three-race MotoGP return announced by LCR

The 29-year-old will ride a year-old Honda RC213V, replacing Honda-contracted LCR team regular Takaaki Nakagami. Honda announced the day prior that Nakagami has had his MotoGP deal extended through 2020, but that he will skip the Phillip Island, Sepang and Valencia races for shoulder surgery and subsequent recovery. Zarco, who had begun the season as a works KTM rider but was relieved of his duties shortly prior to the Aragon
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Recent slump could delay my retirement

The LCR Honda rider has endured a mixed campaign aboard the 2019-specification Honda RC213V, and has particularly struggled in recent races at Misano and Buriram. But while Crutchlow has openly talked about his current two-year deal potentially being his last, in particular due to the physical toll MotoGP is taking on his body, he now insists the recent rough patch could motivate him to continue past 2020. "Now I'm going
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Honda extends Nakagami deal, confirms early end to campaign

The 27-year-old's impending absence means KTM outcast Johann Zarco is set to come into the LCR line-up for Phillip Island, Sepang and Valencia, as reported by Motorsport.com. Nakagami had stepped up to MotoGP last year after a six-year tenure in the intermediate class, and currently rides a year-old RC213V entered by LCR with the backing of Japanese petroleum company Idemitsu. He's bagged a career-best fifth place at Mugello and eight
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MotoGP axes Valencia post-season test for 2020

On Monday, series organisers revealed a slimmed down testing schedule for next year, featuring two three-day pre-season tests at Sepang and Qatar - as per this year - four days of in-season running and just two days of post-season testing. Currently there are four days of post-season running, split between Spanish venues Valencia - host of the final round of the season in November - and Jerez. But in 2020,