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What can Zarco gain from Avintia Ducati 2020 move?

Passed over for the works Honda seat vacated by the retired Jorge Lorenzo, Zarco became linked to the customer Ducati squad – though he initially rejected Avintia as "not a top team". However, Ducati eventually convinced Zarco he would have proper support from it at Avintia, and he duly signed directly with the manufacturer to ride a GP19 in Avintia colours next season. Zarco has set lofty ambitions for himself
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Yamaha chief “very impressed” with Hamilton’s MotoGP test

Speaking after the ride swap event with six-time F1 world champion Hamilton and Rossi, organized by common sponsor Monster Energy, Jarvis said it was a privilege to watch two great champions on track piloting their respective machines. Read Also: “It was an exceptional day,” said Jarvis. “To have Lewis together with us and Valentino, two icons of sport at the same time and place, was really amazing. I'm really happy
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“Much has changed” since I last drove an F1 car

Speaking after the ride swap event with six-time F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton at Valencia, organized by their common sponsor Monster Energy, Rossi said that his run in the 2017 Mercedes W08 “was a spectacular opportunity for me”. Read Also: “I have tried an F1 car before, but much has changed since then,” said Rossi. “Sincerely, I was impressed with the car and its handling, as well as with the
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Hamilton and Rossi complete ride-swap

Rossi drove the 2017 Mercedes W08, while Hamilton used the 2019 Yamaha MotoGP YZR-M1 that the MotoGP rider had used in the season finale at Valencia in November. Images released by Monster Energy – the title sponsor of Yamaha – show both Rossi and Hamilton riding a MotoGP bike on track at the same time. It is known that Hamilton undertook running at Valencia on Sunday, as Franco Morbdielli advised him
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No proof that only Marquez can ride Honda

Marc Marquez romped to a sixth premier class crown in 2019 with 12 wins and a record 420 points, while almost single-handedly guiding Honda to the manufacturer and teams’ crowns. However, only Marquez won on the troublesome RC213V, which was constantly criticised by its riders as being more difficult to ride than its predecessor – borne out by LCR’s Cal Crutchlow only achieving three podiums and Jorge Lorenzo failing to
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Zarco’s move to Avintia for 2020 confirmed

The double Moto2 world champion endured a torrid half-season aboard the factory KTM, which forced him to end his two-year contract early, before KTM dropped him outright following the Misano race. He completed the final three races of 2019 with LCR on Takaaki Nakagami's '18-spec Honda while the Japanese rider underwent an operation on a shoulder injury. Zarco was thought to be first in line for the works Honda seat
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Dovizioso surprised to finish as 2019 runner-up

While dominant Honda rider Marc Marquez won the title by a mammoth margin of 151 points, Dovizioso himself ended up 58 points clear of third-placed Maverick Vinales. This was despite two retirements during the season, both of which he was blameless for - having been taken out in the pile-up triggered by Jorge Lorenzo in Barcelona before getting caught up in Fabio Quartararo’s first-corner crash at Silverstone. Dovizioso admitted the
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Chilean rider Scheib gets full-time WSBK ride

Scheib makes the step up to WSBK after winning this year's Spanish Superbike series, prior to which he spent two seasons in Superstock 1000 - finishing third overall in 2018. He also made two WSBK outings in the final two rounds of the 2018 season in Argentina and Qatar, replacing Jordi Torres at MV Agusta and scoring a best finish of 13th. Now the 24-year-old replaces Leandro Mercado, who switches
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Marc Marquez is Rider of the Year again

Honda rider Marquez had won the prize – voted for by Autosport readers – every year since it was introduced in 2016, and the now six-time premier class champion came out on top again in the '19 vote to claim his fourth Award. The Spaniard won 12 of this year's 19 races, only failing to record a podium once, and ended up more than 150 points clear of his nearest