MotoGP
Jul 10

MotoGP silly season: Where the riders stand as contract talks heat up

The MotoGP riders start from the grid during the Moto GP race during the MotoGp of Catalunya - Race at Circuit de Catalunya on June 15, 2014 in Montmelo, Spain. (Photo by Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images)

The riders ride into Turn 1 during the race of Catalunya on June 15, 2014. (Photo: Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images)

Wednesday’s announcement of rider to continue with the team alongside , along with last week’s news of Valentino Rossi extending his contract with Yamaha, has hurt ’s bargaining power when it comes to negotiating terms with Yamaha for an extended contract.

Though it would come as no surprise to see Lorenzo to continue with the Factory Yamaha team, most everything else regarding this winter’s MotoGP silly season is still up in the air.

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Jul 9

MotoGP: Honda signs new contract with Pedrosa

Dani Pedrosa of Spain and Repsol Honda Team rounds the bend during the MotoGp of Catalunya- Free Practice at Circuit de Catalunya on June 13, 2014 in Montmelo, Spain.  (Photo by Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images)

of Spain and Team rounds the bend during the of Catalunya – Free Practice on June 13, 2014. (Photo: Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images)

Honda Racing Corporation has officially announced an agreement with Dani Pedrosa that will see the Spanish rider remain in the factory Honda team for a further two years, until the end of 2016.

Pedrosa, who currently lies third in the World Championship – level on points with second placed Valentino Rossi – as the season reaches the halfway point, will extend his contract with Honda with whom he has raced in the World Championship since 2001.

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Jul 8

MotoGP: Sachsenring layout expected to challenge Ducati in Germany

Andrea Dovizioso of Italy and Ducati Team heads down a straight during the MotoGP of Netherlands - Qualifying at TT circuit on June 27, 2014 in Assen, Netherlands.  (Photo by Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images)

of Italy and Team heads down a straight during the of Netherlands – Qualifying on June 27, 2014. (Photo by Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images)

After the satisfaction of Assen, where Andrea Dovizioso finished second, the Ducati Team now arrives in Germany for the ninth round of the 2014 MotoGP World Championship, which takes place this weekend at the circuit.

The Sachsenring is one of the shortest and slowest circuits on the calendar, but it is by no means an easy track. Its counter-clockwise layout contains several truly difficult curves, as well as a number of ups and downs.

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Jul 7

MotoGP: Can Marquez make it nine out of nine in Germany?

Despite various challenges throughout the season, Marc Marquez has ultimately remained undefeated on race day during the 2014 season. (Photo courtesy MotoGP.com)

Despite various challenges, (No. 93) has ultimately remained undefeated on race day during the 2014 season. (Photo courtesy .com)

If Marc Marquez keeps winning, he will wrap up this year’s MotoGP world title at MotorLand Aragon – regardless of what his rivals do. In order to do that, the Spaniard would need to claim a fifth straight victory at Germany’s this weekend.

21-year-old Marquez is no stranger to the Sachsenring. In fact, he’s won there on his last four attempts: in the 125 class in 2010, in the Moto2 class in both 2011 and 2012 and in his first MotoGP German Grand Prix last year. On each of those occasions he was coming from pole position.

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Jul 4

Aprilia, Biaggi Conclude Three-Day MotoGP Test At Mugello

Max Biaggia is seen riding the ART-Aprilia MotoGP bike at Mugello Circuit. (Photo: Dorna Communications)

Max Biaggia is seen riding the ART- bike at Mugello Circuit. (Photo: Dorna Communications)

Italian manufacturer Aprilia has wrapped up a three-day test at Mugello, in which extensively put the ART-Aprilia MotoGP bike to its paces.

Biaggi completed a marathon haul of 176 laps over the 72-hour workout, recording a best time of 1:50.940.

For Aprilia however the lap time is not crucial at this stage, as they are more focused on gathering key data for the continued development of their current bike – already being used in the MotoGP World Championship – and in preparation for a new Aprilia prototype they hope will race in the premier class in 2016.

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