motogp News and Analysis
The beginning of the new season provides many with a fresh start, and for a few MotoGP contenders this applies for different reasons. From fighting to stay on the grid to battling for even bigger prizes beyond trophies, here’s five figures in need of a massive 2023
KTM has expanded its roster of test riders by signing one-time podium finisher Jonas Folger for the 2023 MotoGP season.
Dani Pedrosa will make his first MotoGP race start since the 2021 Styrian Grand Prix with a wildcard entry for KTM at this year's Spanish GP in April.
Following Suzuki's decision to quit MotoGP, both of its former riders have landed at Honda for 2023. But perhaps its biggest signing from the now-defunct team could instead be a highly-rated technical manager. Is Ken Kawauchi the right man at the right time to steer HRC back to glory?
The factory KTM squad has unveiled its colours for the 2023 MotoGP season on Thursday morning ahead of its seventh season in the premier class.
For the first time in a decade, the reigning MotoGP world champion will begin their title defence carrying the #1 plate.
Reigning MotoGP world champion Francesco Bagnaia will race with the #1 plate in 2023, which he revealed at Ducati’s livery launch on Monday.
Gresini Racing has become the latest MotoGP team to unveil its 2023 colours at a presentation on Saturday featuring new rider Alex Marquez.
Honda has endured a difficult time in MotoGP of late, with injury woes for Marc Marquez and a difficult bike contributing to two winless seasons over the last three years.
The factory Yamaha squad has become the first MotoGP team to unveil its 2023 livery ahead of the new season starting in March.
Suzuki's unexpected departure left more than 40 professionals virtually jobless for the 2023 MotoGP season. But that human drama has been successfully corrected by the paddock itself, with most former Suzuki crew members absorbed into other operations.
Suzuki refugee Alex Rins admits his first test of the Honda MotoGP bike in Valencia last November “was complicated” but “I didn’t think it was such a bad bike”.
Six-time MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez says it has been “difficult to realise” his arm injury and admits it “will never be a normal arm” again after so many operations.
The Petronas Sepang Racing Team came into MotoGP with a bang in 2019 as regular front-runners, with wonder rookie Fabio Quartararo mounting a title challenge in 2020. But it all went wrong for the Razlan Razali-helmed squad as the team changed hands and tumbled down the order - and RNF Racing plans to right this in 2023
Alex Marquez admits he “did not really agree” with Honda’s decision to move him out of its factory MotoGP team to LCR before his rookie season began in 2020.
Maverick Vinales expects he will have “more pressure” on his shoulders going into the 2023 MotoGP season after his first full year with Aprilia yielded three podiums.
KTM motorsport boss Pit Beirer says the Austrian MotoGP squad’s aerodynamic development tie-up with the Red Bull Formula 1 team has been “refreshing”.
Marc Marquez says "my dream" is to remain with Honda beyond 2024 but will "try to find the best for me" if HRC can't give him a title-winning MotoGP bike.
Marc Marquez’s sixth premier MotoGP title seems a long time ago given the injury woes he has faced in the three years since. At the end of a fraught 2022, in which he had a fourth major operation on his right arm, the Spaniard speaks exclusively to Motorsport.com.
As European manufacturers emerged as the strongest force in 2022 in a changing of the guard for MotoGP, one powerhouse couldn’t quite match the feats of Ducati and Aprilia. Its motorsport chief tells Motorsport.com why this is and what it is doing to become a consistent frontrunner in the class of kings
VR46 Ducati rider Luca Marini says MotoGP "needs to change now" its rules over weight limits, as he thinks a combined minimum weight for bike and rider is necessary.
Aprilia MotoGP rider Aleix Espargaro says he cycled a lot less in 2022 than he normally would between races as he “didn’t need to escape from my work” like before.
Three-time MotoGP race winner Cal Crutchlow admits he didn’t expect his role as Yamaha’s official test rider to be “as difficult as what it is”.
Ducati sporting director Paolo Ciabatti says the marque is “not worried” about any of its MotoGP bike secrets going to KTM with Jack Miller.
Brad Binder believes it is “just a matter of time” before a “frustrated” KTM breaks through to being a consistent podium challenger in MotoGP.
Yamaha MotoGP test rider Cal Crutchlow says the 21-round 2023 calendar will be “tough going” on team personnel and believes the number of races is “too much.”
Four-time MotoGP race winner Jack Miller said riding for Ducati was “a game-changer” for his career as he leaves the team to join KTM for 2023.
For the first time in the modern MotoGP era, Yamaha will field just two bikes on the premier class grid in 2023 after losing its satellite partnership with RNF Racing.
With the expansion of the calendar to 21 grands prix and the introduction of sprint races, the 2023 MotoGP season will take the riders to almost 1,300 kilometres of more competition than this year, a factor that forces adjustments in their physical preparations.
Yamaha’s Franco Morbidelli says it’s “normal” for onlookers to underappreciate what a rider is fighting against in a tough MotoGP season, and that people “don’t care” what the reason is.
Surname pressure is something many have had to deal with in their motorsport careers. And while Luca Marini doesn’t have that, his familial relation and the team he rides for in MotoGP have cast a brighter spotlight on his progress. But, as he has shown in 2022 – and as he reveals to Motorsport.com – Marini is so much more than just the brother of a legend.
MotoGP world champion Francesco Bagnaia says he accepts the criticisms he faced across 2022 for mistakes he made on and off-track, but says “without mistakes you can’t grow”.
RNF Racing boss Razlan Razali says Moto2-bound Darryn Binder “was a victim” of the team’s split with Yamaha for the 2023 MotoGP season.
KTM motorsport boss Pit Beirer admits the manufacturer has “pushed too many great Moto2 riders too quickly into MotoGP” as it revises its line-up for 2023.
Marc Marquez has warned MotoGP “needs to be careful” not to become like Formula 1, where he believes it’s become harder for drivers to make the difference over their cars.
Ducati boss Paolo Ciabatti says the marque proved in the final races of the 2022 MotoGP season that claims it deployed team orders to help its title bid were "bullshit".
Casey Stoner was able to manage his MotoGP world title-winning Ducati’s throttle and fuel consumption better than the electronics available in 2007, according to former crew chief Cristian Gabarrini.
Pol Espargaro believes Honda wasted "time and money on me" during the 2022 MotoGP season after the team stopped giving him new parts to test.
Tickets for Barcelona’s two major motorsport events at the Circuit de Catalunya-Barcelona next season are now available for fans to purchase.
Reigning MotoGP world champion Fabio Quartararo had a 91-point lead over rival Francesco Bagnaia after the German Grand Prix, a seemingly impregnable gap to overcome in the remaining 10 races. But as the Frenchman struggled for pace with his Yamaha, Bagnaia stormed back into contention and swept to Ducati's first riders' title since 2007
New Gresini MotoGP rider Alex Marquez says he “felt at home” on the Ducati immediately during his first test of the bike in Valencia following the season finale.
VR46 Ducati rider Luca Marini says he has “no more pressure” racing in MotoGP despite being Valentino Rossi’s brother and this fact “doesn’t change so much” for him.
After a run on Honda's 2023 prototype MotoGP bike, six-time champion Marc Marquez made his pessimism clear with his initial reaction. But the Japanese marque has made leadership changes behind closed doors - and a more representative bike promised for the Malaysia test in February could placate Marquez.
Ousted Tech 3 MotoGP rider Remy Gardner says he is “just glad I don’t have to get on” the KTM again, while the marque regrets how its relationship with him soured.
Yamaha test rider Cal Crutchlow says he has “never seen” Yamaha “work as hard” as it has been this year on developing its 2023 MotoGP bike after a disappointing 2022.
Miguel Oliveira leaves KTM on good terms but admits he “didn’t do what I wanted in terms of results” as he departs for Aprilia and RNF for the 2023 season.
While new MotoGP champion Francesco Bagnaia might not be the loudest rider on the grid, his calm exterior belies a steely backbone. His part in turning around Ducati's fortunes at the start of the year, when displeased with a new engine concept, shows the strength of his character.
Riders on track in MotoGP have treated fans to one of the most exciting seasons in recent memory, with unpredictable races and the up-and-down nature of the fierce title battle.
OPINION: Despite the superiority exhibited by the Ducati in 2022, the context in which Francesco Bagnaia became MotoGP world champion means that both the rider and the Italian marque merit the same recognition that the brand and Casey Stoner received after their 2007 title
Ducati MotoGP boss Paolo Ciabatti says the marque’s path to the 2022 title “was not easy” as the Valentino Rossi era of the team “left a lot of wounds”.
Fabio Quartararo was left "disappointed" with Tuesday's MotoGP test in Valencia after a new specification of Yamaha engine failed to produce the initial gains promised.
VR46 rider Luca Marini topped the 2023 pre-season test in Valencia on Tuesday as new factory Ducati rider Enea Bastianini crashed.
Marc Marquez says Honda will not be able to fight for the 2023 MotoGP world championship on the bike it brought to the Valencia test.
Marc Marquez says incoming ex-Suzuki duo Alex Rins and Joan Mir must learn to live with crashes as Honda MotoGP riders in 2023.
Cal Crutchlow says outgoing MotoGP world champion Fabio Quartararo “is the best rider on the grid” and thinks nobody could do what he has done on the M1.