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Crutchlow not interested in Honda's WSBK offer

HRC confirmed Crutchlow’s LCR exit on Monday, with Alex Marquez being moved to take his place while Pol Espargaro switches from KTM to the factory Honda squad in 2021. While Crutchlow has expressed interest at a move to Aprilia, and says he has spoken to Ducati about a possible return, Honda team boss Alberto Puig told MotoGP.com that the offer of a...

Bautista: Honda WSBK effort feels like MotoGP team

Ex-Suzuki and Aprilia MotoGP rider Bautista made the switch from grand prix racing to WSBK last year with Ducati, winning the first 11 races of the season on the V4 Panigale R before finishing the year as runner-up to Kawasaki's Jonathan Rea.He accepted an offer to be part of the first true Honda factory WSBK team in almost two decades for 2020, and...

Torres drops out of MIE Honda WSBK ride

Torres had been set to join the satellite Althea-run MIE outfit from the start of the European season on a second Honda CBR1000RR-R alongside Takumi Takahashi.However, the disruption caused to the 2020 season by the global coronavirus pandemic has forced a change of plan, as Torres is also committed to racing in MotoGP's electric support series MotoE...

Pramac boss weighs in on Ducati-Dovizioso contract saga

On the eve of the delayed MotoGP season, the long-running contract saga between Ducati and Dovizioso remains unresolved, with talks having stalled over money and unlikely to resume until after the opening rounds of the 2020 campaign.Dovizioso's manager Simone Battistella recently suggested that Dovizioso is prepared to spend 2021 on the sidelines if...

Crutchlow: Aprilia MotoGP move would be a “great deal”

Honda confirmed on Monday that it has signed Pol Espargaro to its factory team for 2021, with Alex Marquez being moved to LCR in place of Crutchlow.Crutchlow revealed he knew of his impending Honda exit “for three months” and has been in contact with other teams about 2021 options since the end of last year.With Andrea Iannone’s MotoGP future uncertain...

Honda insists LCR move is in Marquez’s best interests

The Japanese manufacturer finally confirmed on Monday that it is recruiting Pol Espargaro from KTM to join Marc Marquez in its works team line-up for 2021 and '22.The move comes at the expense of Marquez's younger brother Alex, who was handed the ride vacated by the retiring Jorge Lorenzo at the end of last season but will instead step down to LCR for...

Honda signs Espargaro, moves Alex Marquez to LCR

Last month Motorsport.com revealed Espargaro would be leaving KTM at the end of the year to join six-time MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez at Honda in 2021.With KTM confirming Espargaro’s exit late last month as it firmed up its 2021 line-up, the Spaniard’s Honda move was all but sealed.On the eve of the delayed 2020 season getting underway at Jerez,...

Morbidelli to stay at Petronas Yamaha until 2022

Morbidelli joined the team for his sophomore campaign in the premier class last year aboard current-spec Yamaha machinery, and ended up 10th in the standings having managed a best result of fifth on four occasions.The Italian had been expected to remain with Petronas for 2021 after teammate Fabio Quartararo was signed to the works Yamaha squad for next...

Rea leads Redding in Barcelona World Superbike test

This week's test at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya marked the first time that all five WSBK manufacturers have shared a track since the first round of the season at Phillip Island back in late February, before the COVID-19 pandemic placed the 2020 campaign on hold.Rea, who was recently handed a multi-year contract extension by Kawasaki, set a new...

Ezpeleta not ruling out reduced 2021 MotoGP calendar

The global COVID-19 outbreak has forced MotoGP to trim down its 2020 calendar from 20 rounds to just 13 events across just eight circuits in 2020, marking the shortest calendar since the 1995 season.Over the next two years, MotoGP was set to return to Indonesia and Brazil, with Portugal also touted for a return as part of a rotating set of races on...

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