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Bagnaia on a roll, Quartararo under pressure: Austria awaits

There is a new chicane to contend with, however, and that leaves lap records behind and adds an extra challenge to the weekend ahead. Still, the venue has seen many a Ducati win and for a handful of different riders, so the factory remains the favourite. With Bagnaia on form, teammate Jack Miller fresh from the podium, Jorge Martin (Prima Pramac Racing) already a winner at the track and Enea Bastianini (Gresini Racing MotoGP™) back up into the battle at Silverstone, there is a long list of hopefuls and it doesn’t even stop there, with the likes of Johann Zarco (Prima Pramac Racing) and Marco Bezzecchi (Mooney VR46 Racing Team) likewise quick and eager to make their mark.

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Marc Marquez: “Honda are in a critical moment”

“Honda is in a critical moment. I am speaking a lot with my team and trying to understand the 2022 bike, the situation and what is happening,” explained Marquez. “This is why I will go to Austria, to speak to everyone and to meet with the HRC staff from Japan to work for the future. We are all working together, we win together, we lose together, and we will come back together.

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Ducati and Aprilia hand Italy a historic top five lockout

That something was five Italian manufacturers finishing in the top five of a premier class race, thanks to Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team), Maverick Viñales (Aprilia Racing), Jack Miller (Ducati Lenovo Team), Enea Bastianini (Gresini Racing MotoGP™) and Jorge Martin (Prima Pramac Racing). Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) was the first non-Italian factory rider to cross the line in sixth, while Alex Rins on board his Team Suzuki Ecstar machine was the leading Japanese manufacturer star in seventh.

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Honda British Talent Cup: Thruxton hosts a crucial weekend

Kiyano Veijer (Microlise Cresswell Racing) and Harrison Dessoy (Microlise Cresswell Racing/Eastern Garage Racing), after a tougher weekend for the former and a solid set of finishes for the latter, are now equal on 132, 20 behind Brown, and will be wanting to keep that roll going. However, it’s now Stephenson on their heels after his 40-point haul from Silverstone and if the number 23 can keep his form he’ll have a serious shot at overhauling both. In that tighter group, will it continue to chop and change or have the Silverstone podium finishers made a breakthrough?

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Riders invited to 2023 selection event announced

After an intensive communications campaign in collaboration with key partners and circuits across Asia and Oceania, including national federations and motorcycle riding schools, hundreds of riders from nearly 20 countries have applied for a place on the 2023 Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup grid.

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Dorna and MSVR sign new Honda British Talent Cup agreement

Dorna Sports and MotorSport Vision Racing (MSVR) are delighted to announce a new agreement confirming the future of the Honda British Talent Cup from 2023 to 2025.

The BTC began in 2018 as a new path on the Road to MotoGP™, racing in identical liveries, before the first agreement between Dorna and MSVR saw the Cup expand to a ten-round Championship for riders and teams from 2020 to 2022. The BTC has since been the sole British Moto3™ Championship class, racing alongside nine rounds of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship (BSB) and enjoying a season highlight alongside MotoGP™ at the British Grand Prix.

This new agreement between Dorna and MSVR confirms the BTC will continue in its current format until at least 2025, securing the future of one of the most vital programmes on the Road to MotoGP™.

The series remains restricted to riders between 12 and 17 years of age, with teams and riders open to enter in a traditional manner. The technical regulations mirror the highly successful Dorna-promoted European Talent Cup, which specifies the exclusive use of Honda NSF 250 R motorcycles.

As the sole British Moto3™ Championship class, the BTC has gone from strength to strength since the collaboration between Dorna and MSVR began. The visibility and coverage offered by racing alongside BSB, together with the international profile and opportunities provided by Dorna, gives young riders an unbeatable opportunity on the Road to MotoGP™.

Each year there is the prospect of promotion for the rider deemed to have shown the most progress, pace and promise across the BTC season. Initially that was a place on the JuniorGP™ grid, but that changed in 2021 and the championship into which the selected rider is promoted now depends on the level and potential of the chosen rider.

Dorna and MSVR study the BTC riders throughout each season in order to provide the opportunity that is the best fit for the chosen rider to keep progressing and learning on the Road to MotoGP™. The promotion options for the selected BTC rider are therefore now a place in the Hawkers European Talent Cup, Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup or the Finetwork FIM JuniorGP™ World Championship.

In 2021, the selected BTC rider was Champion Casey O’Gorman, who was promoted into the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup.

Stuart Higgs, MSVR BSB Series Director: “We are delighted to extend our cooperation with Dorna on this most important category. We have absolutely shared objectives to provide the best possible conditions for riders as they race on the Road to MotoGP. The BTC is a highlight of our BSB race weekends, as well the season highlight racing at the British Grand Prix.”

Ana Ezpeleta, Director of Talent Promotion at Dorna Sports: “We’re very happy to sign and announce this new agreement with MSVR, confirming the future of the Honda British Talent Cup. Having Scott Ogden, one of our first Champions, now racing and impressing in Moto3 shows the strength and success of the BTC – both of which have only grown since our collaboration with MSVR began. As the sole British Moto3 class, the competition offers an even better proving ground for young riders racing in the UK and after three successful seasons of collaboration between Dorna and MSVR, we’re very much looking forward to seeing what the next three can bring.”

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200 and counting: Ducati reach MotoGP™ milestone

Since then, Ducati have claimed 28 podiums, 11 of which have been victories courtesy of efforts from Bagnaia (x8) and Gresini’s Enea Bastianini (x3). Those two have also contributed to the other 17 podiums in this period, as have Miller (x6), Prima Pramac duo Jorge Martin (x3) & Johann Zarco (x4) and Mooney VR46 rookie Marco Bezzechi (x1).

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Back to Assen: can Moor wrap up the Cup?

Dustin Schneider (Goblin Racing), meanwhile, was the rider who took the win with a late attack at Assen as Moor crashed out. It was his first in the NTC as the number 20 continues to impress in 2022, building on pre-season with some impressive finishes. He’ll want the good memories to give him that extra boost as the Cup returns to Assen, still in the hunt albeit 79 points down. 

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MARQUEZ IN-DEPTH: 10 standout quotes from the World Champion

In an open and honest conversation, Marquez touched on many topics like his recovery, his return to racing, HRC’s recent struggles and the current title picture. Ahead of the full interview dropping on motogp.com this Friday, we’ve picked out the top ten quotes from the number 93.

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“It’d be a dream” – Viñales seeks the ultimate redemption

“It’s a dream,” said Viñales on Sunday evening. “If we accomplish the objective in Austria, it’s going to be a total dream because, you know, I had… ‘things’ happen there, but things can happen. But this is in the past and I’m really concentrating on the present. But I will have extra motivation, for sure.”

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