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Aprilia keen to not lose “last” meaningful MotoGP concession

The Italian made the remarks when asked for his thoughts on the idea that the championship could allow each manufacturer one change of engine spec per season. Currently, MotoGP manufacturers are not allowed to change their engine spec mid-season, with the exception of the concession teams – currently only Aprilia and KTM, which do not face any limits on how many configurations they can use. This rule notably caught out
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MotoE of interest if we can do it “properly”

The new series got underway at the German Grand Prix in July having been delayed from its original Jerez slot due to a devastating fire wiping out the paddock during a test. Currently, all satellite MotoGP teams and a handful of Moto2 and Moto3 outfits field riders in the series aboard spec Energica Ego machinery, and there are no plans in the near future to open up the series to other
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Laverty joins BMW World Superbike squad for 2020

The 13-time WSBK race winner last rode for SMR when it fielded Aprilia machinery in 2017 and 2018, following a two-year stint in MotoGP with the Aspar (now Angel Nieto) team. Laverty was not retained by SMR when it linked up with BMW for its return to the series as a full works entity, but was picked up by the Go Eleven team aboard the new Ducati V4 R. Enduring
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Folger faces dilemma over Yamaha MotoGP test offer

After sitting out the 2018 season due to illness, former Tech 3 rider Folger was hired by Yamaha to head up its newly-formed European test programme. Since then, the German has also made a racing comeback in Moto2 with the Petronas Sprinta team, deputising for the squad's injured regular rider Khairul Idham Pawi, but Yamaha dismissed the notion that Folger could make wildcard outings in the premier class this year.
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Austrian GP win manner will rejuvenate Ducati

The Italian had struggled to run to match Marquez for much of the season since winning the Qatar opener, and admitted in the lead-up to the Red Bull Ring race that the championship leader’s recent form has left his rivals “in crisis”. Yet despite trailing Marquez in practice in Austria, and losing out on pole by over four tenths, Dovizioso was able to maintain Ducati’s Red Bull Ring streak, pulling
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“Something moved” at Yamaha in the summer

Rossi had a torrid end to the first half of the 2019 campaign, as he retired from three races in succession and then finished only eighth at the Sachsenring. But the Italian returned from the summer break with slightly improved form by finishing sixth and fourth at Brno and the Red Bull Ring respectively. Rossi said in Austria that Yamaha has changed for the better during the summer break and
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Returning to Moto2 “an option” for 2020

KTM sensationally announced on Monday following its home race at the Austrian Grand Prix that Zarco would be leaving the team at the end of this season, having personally requested to terminate his two-year contract early amidst a difficult campaign aboard the RC16. Zarco’s options to remain in MotoGP are limited, with all other seats barring Takaaki Nakagami’s at LCR secured. Nakagami and Honda have reached a stalemate in talks
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Austria my “first true grand prix” in MotoGP

The Valentino Rossi-tutored reigning Moto2 champion has endured a mixed debut campaign in the premier class so far, with five retirements leaving him last of MotoGP's four newcomers in the current standings. But after making good progress in the post-Brno test, Bagnaia had a strong showing at the Red Bull Ring, recovering from a technical issue in FP3 to advance from Q1 and put his bike fifth on the grid,
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Smith handed Moto2 outing by Petronas SRT

Pawi injured his hand in a crash at the Spanish Grand Prix in May, and has been substituted by the likes of Mattia Pasini and former Tech3 MotoGP rider Jonas Folger at the rounds since. One-time MotoGP podium finisher Folger has deputised since the Catalunya race, but has found his time in the class difficult, failing to score points at any of the five races he has contested. Smith races
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Pramac retains Miller on factory-spec Ducati

Miller had been at the centre of a major MotoGP transfer market saga at last weekend’s Austrian Grand Prix, during which it emerged that Honda’s Jorge Lorenzo was keen on taking his ride with the Ducati satellite team. Some at Ducati were believed to be open to reuniting with Lorenzo at Miller’s expense, but Pramac was dead set on keeping the Australian, and Lorenzo ultimately opted to see out his