MotoGP
May 28

300 races later: Rossi’s stats put Marquez on toes entering Mugello

17-year-old Valentino Rossi en route to his first Grand Prix victory in the 125cc class in August 1996. (Photo: Mark Thompson/Allsport/Getty Images)

17-year-old Valentino Rossi en route to his first Grand Prix victory in the 125cc class in August 1996. (Photo: Mark Thompson/Allsport/Getty Images)

Sunday’s sixth round of the 2014 MotoGP season will see nine-time champion Valentino Rossi make his 300th Grand Prix start in the 838th official MotoGP race … meaning that the Doctor will have started in 35.8 percent of all Grand Prix events, reports Gregory Haines.

Meanwhile, Marc Marquez, who has won all five MotoGP races in 2014, admits that Mugello will be a challenge for him after suffering multiple crashes on this circuit last year.

May 26

MotoGP: Rossi ready to battle Marquez in 300th Grand Prix start

Nine-time Grand Prix champion Valentino Rossi has yet to win a race this season, and currently sits 44 points behind Marquez in the standings. (Photo courtesy MotoGP.com)

Nine-time Grand Prix champion Valentino Rossi has yet to win a race this season, and currently sits 44 points behind Marquez in the standings. (Photo courtesy MotoGP.com)

As MotoGP™ heads to Mugello, for what is always one of the most anticipated rounds on the calendar, Valentino Rossi is all set for his 300th Grand Prix appearance – having achieved his 150th premier class podium last time out at Le Mans.

Following the race in France, in which Rossi finished second to the victorious Marc Marquez, he was already looking forward to the Gran Premio d’Italia TIM and another chance to battle with the in-form World Champion and standings leader, this time in front of the passionate Italian crowd.

May 24

MotoGP: Ducati Taking ‘Lots Of Steps In The Right Direction,’ Says Dall’lgna

Luigi Dall'lgna talks with Ducati engineers during testing. (Photo: Dorna Communications)

Luigi Dall’lgna talks with Ducati engineers during testing. (Photo: Dorna Communications)

The new General Manager of Ducati Corse this year, Luigi Dall’Igna has already been able to enjoy a podium finish as well as a front row start. Following the French Grand Prix at Le Mans, the Italian spoke with motogp.com about the latest developments at Borgo Panigale, the changes with the bike and his relationship with the riders.

It has not been long since you moved from Aprilia to Ducati. With this in mind, how have you settled into your new surroundings?
I am extremely happy with Ducati. I’ve found a group of people who are extremely valuable and the environment is very positive, even though we are facing some difficulties at the moment. We are a tight-knit group, working together in an incredible way in order to try and reduce the performance gap between ourselves and our competitors, Honda and Yamaha. It’s not easy, but we are trying so hard.

May 23

Michelin To Become Official Tire Supplier Of MotoGP

Michelin will become MotoGP's Official Tire Supplier starting in 2016. (Photo: Dorna Communications)

Michelin will become MotoGP’s Official Tire Supplier starting in 2016. (Photo: Dorna Communications)

Following French tire manufacturer Michelin’s official tender, Dorna is pleased to announce that Michelin is to become the Official Tire Supplier to MotoGP as of the 2016 World Championship season.

At the beginning of May 2014 Dorna, in agreement with the FIM, opened a tender for tire manufacturers interested in becoming Official Tire Supplier to MotoGP from the 2016 season.

May 22

MotoGP: Rossi on Marquez brilliance and Lorenzo mindset

LE MANS, FRANCE - MAY 18: Valentino Rossi of Italy and Movistar Yamaha MotoGP speaks during the press conference after the MotoGP race during the MotoGp Of France - Race on May 18, 2014 in Le Mans, France.  (Photo by Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images)

Valentino Rossi, who has won nine MotoGP titles since his debut in the 125 class in 1996, speaks during the press conference after the MotoGP race in Le Mans, France. (Photo: Mirco Lazzari/Getty Images)

Valentino Rossi, who will be making his 300th start in his home race at Mugello next weekend, has joked that he wishes he had met Marc Marquez earlier in his career, having witnessed the fantastic form of the current MotoGP™ World Champion.

The seven-time premier class title winner again finished second to the Spaniard in the fifth round of the World Championship at Le Mans in France last Sunday.