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Quartararo confirmed at Yamaha alongside Vinales

Motorsport.com reported earlier on Wednesday that Quartararo was poised to step up from satellite Yamaha outfit Petronas SRT following his spectacular rookie season. Now the move has been made official, leaving Rossi with a choice between taking over Quartararo's ride in 2021 or finally calling time on his glittering grand prix racing career. More to follow Source link
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Long Iannone ban would end relationship

Iannone, 30, was provisionally suspended by motorcycling's governing body the FIM after a urine sample taken during the Malaysian Grand Prix weekend tested positive for an anabolic steroid, putting his place on the 2020 MotoGP grid in serious doubt. The hearing for his appeal is set to take place on February 4, just three days before the start of the first official pre-season test of the 2020 season at Sepang. Rivola
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Quartararo set to replace Rossi at Yamaha in 2021

Quartararo will be joined at Yamaha by Maverick Vinales, who recently signed a deal to stay with the squad through the 2022 season. An announcement regarding Quartararo’s graduation from satellite squad Petronas SRT is expected shortly. The decision to promote Quartararo to the factory squad is partly down to increasing interest in the French rider from both Ducati and Suzuki following a debut campaign that included six pole positions and
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Vinales signs surprise new Yamaha MotoGP works deal

The 2013 Moto3 world champion joined Yamaha from Suzuki in 2017, and has so far tallied up six wins – including two last year - on the YZR-M1 across his three seasons with the team. Vinales’s current contract was agreed before the team’s launch event at the start of 2018, though his uneven form during that campaign made a repeat of such an early signing for Yamaha seem unlikely. Commenting
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Razgatloglu edges Redding in Portimao WSBK test

After the first two-day test of the year at Jerez, most of the 2020 WSBK grid descended on the Portugal WSBK round venue of Portimao for two further days of running on Sunday and Monday. WSBK rookie Scott Redding led Sunday’s times aboard his factory Ducati, after setting a 1m41.179s on a qualifying tyre run towards the end of the day – a feature of WSBK the reigning British Superbike
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Petrucci reveals late-2019 crisis of confidence

Petrucci earned a place at the works Ducati squad alongside Andrea Dovizioso for 2019, and secured a contract renewal early on after a run of three podiums – including a maiden victory at Mugello – between the French and Catalan Grands Prix. However, his form dramatically tailed off in the second half of the year, and he didn’t score another top-five finish following a fourth at the Sachensring prior to
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Lorenzo’s Ducati wins “very positive for me”

The double Moto2 world champion signed a deal directly with Ducati to join the customer Avintia squad aboard a GP19 late last year, despite initially shunning the link and branding Avintia “not a top team”. Zarco endured a troubled half-season on the KTM last year, which led him to terminating a two-year deal early before being dismissed outright after Misano and ending up on the LCR Honda in place of
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Kiefer cancels Supersport plans in “another severe setback”

Kiefer, which won the 2011 Moto2 crown with current Honda MotoGP tester Stefan Bradl, had slimmed down to a single intermediate-class entry for 2018-19 and then lost its place on the grid as part of a wider reduction. The team, run solely by Jochen Kiefer since the sudden passing of his brother and team co-founder Stefan in 2017, sought to enter World Superbikes support category Supersport instead for 2020. It
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Ducati unveils livery for 2020 MotoGP campaign

The Italian manufacturer comes into 2020 with an unchanged line-up of three-time MotoGP championship runner-up Andrea Dovizioso and one-time race winner Danilo Petrucci. Rumours at the end of last year suggested Ducati was looking to replace Petrucci – whose form suffered in the second half of the season – with Pramac’s Jack Miller, though Motorsport.com understands the buyout clause in Petrucci’s contract would have proven too costly. Ducati finished third
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Rea quickest at Jerez as Lowes crashes

Rea did not complete any running in the wet conditions on Wednesday, and was set to abandon plans to ride on Thursday, with Kawasaki heading to Barcelona next week for a private outing. However, the five-time WSBK title winner ventured out onto the Jerez circuit early in the afternoon, with the track having dried sufficiently enough by then to warrant use of slick tyres. He immediately shot up to third