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Dani Pedrosa: zen soundbites

“The key is that you have to be patient, knowing that at that moment you can’t do what you want or what you’d like. But in your mind it has to be like ‘Ok, I cannot now, but I will’. It’s not the same as thinking ‘I cannot now, and maybe I won’t be able to then either…’ It’s very different. You have to accept that this situation, maybe it’s difficult for you, but somehow and some way, you will find that road that takes you there to be able to do it again.”

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“He’s considering me as a rival” – Rins talks Marquez

“Marc for me is the man to beat,” said Rins, during Thursday’s episode of MotoGP™ Live: A Sit Down With. “The rivalry is so high. Already in 2019, I shared more moments on track with him and, for sure, when he wins or he finishes in front of me, I finish the race and I’m a bit angry. I want to beat him but also, it’s like this for him. I remember in Silverstone when I beat him, he was so angry, so, so angry.”

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This Sunday on BT Sport: Rossi interview and a 2013 review

And to add to the excitement, BT Sport presenter Suzi Perry speaks to Valentino Rossi – winner at the 2013 Dutch GP – about the nine-time World Champion’s future. Rossi explains his thoughts about a potential Petronas Yamaha SRT switch, the thought of retirement and more – it’s not to be missed. So if you can, tune in to BT Sport at 10am on Sunday the 31st of May for a morning of MotoGP™ greatness.

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Crutchlow: “Miller has the talent to beat Marc”

“He’s the right rider to do it I believe, and I think he can – when I retire and guide him. But that’s up to him, whether he wants me to do that for him or not,” joked the British rider, who stood on the rostrum with Miller at the 2019 Australian Grand Prix – behind a certain Marc Marquez.

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2020 British and Australian Grands Prix cancelled

“The Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix puts Phillip Island on the global stage and it’ll be back better than ever in 2021.”

Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of Dorna Sports: “We’re saddened to have to announce the cancellation of these iconic events after finding no way through the logistical and operational issues resulting from the pandemic and rearranged calendar. Silverstone and Phillip Island are always two of the most thrilling race weekends of the season, with both tracks never failing in their promise to deliver some of the closest racing in our Championship.

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Jack Miller to ride for factory Ducati team

Aussie MotoGP rider Jack Miller, 25, has signed with the official Ducati Team for the 2021 MotoGP World Championship.

The agreement for next season includes an option to extend the contract for 2022.

Miller won the German IDM 125ccc championship in 2011 and was runner-up in the 2014 Moto3 championship.

The Townsville racer made his MotoGP debut in 2015 at the age of 20 and joined Ducati in 2018 with the Pramac Racing Team, the factory-supported team of the Bologna manufacturer.

He has one MotoGP win to his name and finished last season eighth overall in the standings last year, taking five podiums.

Miller follows former MotoGP champ and fellow Australian Casey Stoner who last gave Ducati a taste of championship victory in 2007.

Dream come trueJack Miller helmet motoGP biushfire appeal

Dream come true for Miller

“I always had dreams of becoming a fully-fledged factory rider,” he says.

“Fair to say I didn’t think it would happen with me sitting at home in Townsville having not raced for six months, but 2020 has been a strange old year.

“But it’s done, and having my 2021 plans sorted out so early is so exciting with what I’ll be doing, and in many ways a dream come true for me.

“When I got to MotoGP in 2015, this is what I was always chasing, so to have it actually happening is a bit surreal. But it’s the reality, and it feels bloody good.”

Ducati boss Claudio Domenicali says that since Jack arrived in the Pramac Racing Team, he has “grown steadily, proving himself one of the fastest and most talented riders in the championship”.

“So we are happy that he has agreed to ride the official Desmosedici GP bike of the Ducati Team next year,” he says.

“We are convinced that Jack has all the right skills to fight continuously for the positions that matter, in every race, starting already this season with the Desmosedici GP20 of the Pramac Racing Team, and taking a further step forward next year thanks to the support of the Ducati Team.”

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KTM back on track at private Austria test

Mike Leitner, Red Bull KTM Race Manager: “I’m really happy we could organise these two days here in Spielberg and get the MotoGP team back on track. It was a big effort to get it done but we tested everybody, made it happen and I think it was key for the mentality of the company, the team, everyone in the racing department and especially the riders. In general, we have been lucky with the weather. It was good for Pol to get back to race speed: after such a long time off the bike riders really need laps. For Dani also it was important to restart the test programme. Thanks go to the team for making this happen and to Spielberg for letting us test here. We now hope to have more news on the calendar in the middle of June and we are really looking forward to go racing again.”

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Rins, Aleix Espargaro and more lap Catalunya

The Spanish duo were joined by other Spanish Grand Prix riders in Barcelona, with Jorge Martin (Red Bull KTM Ajo), Xavi Vierge (Petronas Sprinta Racing), Albert Arenas (Aspar Team Gaviota), Gabriel Rodrigo (Kömmerling Gresini Moto3) and Raul Fernandez (Red Bull KTM Ajo) on track, with former Moto3™ rider and current WorldSSP300 competitor Ana Carrasco also in attendance.

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GPC: MotoGP™ 2020 engine allocation update

The Grand Prix Commission has issued an update on MotoGP™, Moto2™ and Moto3™ engine allocations for the upcoming 2020 campaign

The Grand Prix Commission, composed of Messrs. Carmelo Ezpeleta (Dorna, Chairman), Paul Duparc (FIM), Herve Poncharal (IRTA) and Takanao Tsubouchi (MSMA), in electronic meetings held on 22nd and 27th.  May 2020, made the following decisions which are consequent on the impact of the coronavirus epidemic:

MotoGPClass Engine Allocation

Even though the FIM, IRTA, MSMA and Dorna are optimistic about restarting the Championship, it’s still uncertain how many events it will be possible to hold in 2020. For this reason it has been unanimously approved that the MotoGP™ Class engine allocation would be decided before agreed before publication of the revised calendar and would be per-event as follows:

Remaining Events on the 2020 Calendar (Qatar Grand Prix excluded)

ENGINE ALLOCATION PER RIDER

Non-Concession Manufacturers

Manufacturers Qualifying for Concessions

up to 11 events

4

6

up to 14 events

5

7

Moto3Class Engine Allocation

Similarly, for the Moto3™ class, the engine allocation has also been agreed unanimously:

1. If the total number of events in 2020 is lower than 12 (including Qatar), both 2020 and 2021 will be considered as only one season and the combined maximum engine allocation for both seasons will be of 9 engines.

2. If the number of races in 2020 is 12 or more, then the allocation for the 2020 season will be separate and as follows:

Total Events on the 2020 Calendar (Qatar Grand Prix included)

ENGINE ALLOCATION PER RIDER

12-14

4

14-18

5

Moto3and Moto2Class Private Testing

With immediate effect, riders in these classes will not be permitted to make further private testing in 2020 until further notice.

The following considerations prompted this decision:

With team income being significantly reduced, a ban on testing for all riders will level the playing field between those teams that might have better funding and those that might just be surviving on the monthly subsidy payments.

Availability of circuits is going to be even more limited than normal and may be subject to government restrictions. Furthermore, travel restrictions in Europe and around the World, still vary between countries meaning that only some teams might be permitted to move with vehicles and staff to a test. Most of the travel restrictions seem to be applicable until, at least, the end of June.

FIM, IRTA and Dorna are hoping to have a significant number of events, hopefully starting in July. These events will be condensed into a short period of time meaning that, in any case, there are limited days available for testing once racing is resumed.

It is the intention of Dorna to hold additional test sessions, for all classes, during the week of the first event.

Dunlop activities are currently limited with many key staff being furloughed. They have already indicated that they will not be able to provide a service at private tests. 

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