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MotoGP ace Marquez admits broken right arm “will never be normal”

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.

How one MotoGP team went from title fights to losing it all in four years Plus

How one MotoGP team went from title fights to losing it all in four years

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 "didn't agree" with Honda's decision to move him to LCR

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.

The pressure awaiting MotoGP's reformed winner in 2023

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.

The “refreshing” F1 link propelling one MotoGP team in 2023

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”.

Ezpeleta: F1 popularity boom can help MotoGP

MotoGP chief Carmelo Ezpeleta believes Formula 1’s popularity boom can help grand prix motorcycle racing, but that “recently F1 was in trouble and we were the best of the best”.

Marquez open to Honda MotoGP exit if "I don't have the tools" to win title again

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 produce a title-winning MotoGP bike.

Is MotoGP's comeback king ready to reclaim his throne? Plus

Is MotoGP's comeback king ready to reclaim his throne?

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 Autosport

Honda restructures its MotoGP technical team

Honda has made a series of changes in key positions among its MotoGP technicians, headlined by Giacomo Guidotti moving from LCR to become Joan Mir's new crew chief.

How MotoGP’s underachiever is working to reverse its fortunes in 2023 Plus

How MotoGP’s underachiever is working to reverse its fortunes in 2023

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 Autosport why this is and what it is doing to become a consistent frontrunner in the class of kings

The weight limit crusade of one MotoGP rider

VR46 Ducati rider Luca Marini says MotoGP's weight limit rules “need to change now”, as he thinks a combined minimum weight for bike and rider is necessary.

What less cycling meant for Aleix Espargaro's 2022 MotoGP season

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.

Crutchlow didn’t expect Yamaha MotoGP test role “to be as difficult as what it is”

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 “not worried” about its MotoGP secrets going to KTM

Ducati sporting director Paolo Ciabatti says the marque is “not worried” about any of its MotoGP bike secrets going to KTM with Jack Miller.

Binder: “Just a matter of time” before “frustrated” KTM breaks through in MotoGP

Brad Binder believes it is “just a matter of time” before a “frustrated” KTM breaks through to being a consistent podium challenger in MotoGP.

Crutchlow: 21-round MotoGP calendar "too much" for teams next year

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.”

Miller: Time at Ducati "a game changer" for his MotoGP career

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.

How MotoGP riders are preparing for the physical stress of sprint races Plus

How MotoGP riders are preparing for the physical stress of sprint races

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 competition more than this year, a factor that forces adjustments in their physical preparations.

Morbidelli: People “don’t care” when you struggle in MotoGP

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.

How Yamaha lost its satellite MotoGP team 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.

MotoGP champion Bagnaia "accepts" criticism of his fraught 2022

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”.

The Ducati rider who is much more than just the brother of a MotoGP legend Plus

The Ducati rider who is much more than just the brother of a MotoGP legend

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 Autosport – Marini is so much more than just the brother of a legend

Darryn Binder “was a victim” of RNF’s Yamaha MotoGP split for 2023

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 admits it "pushed too many great Moto2 riders to MotoGP too quickly"

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.

Marquez: MotoGP must not become like F1 where car is more important than driver

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 proved MotoGP team order claims in 2022 were "bullshit"

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".

Ranking the top 10 riders of MotoGP 2022 Plus

Ranking the top 10 riders of MotoGP 2022

The 2022 MotoGP season was another hotly contested championship, with Francesco Bagnaia emerging as the title winner after the campaign went to the wire. Autosport picks out the 10 best performers of the season

Stoner could manage Ducati MotoGP title-winner better than electronics

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.

Espargaro: Honda "wasted time and money on me" in 2022 MotoGP season

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 F1 Spanish Grand Prix and Catalan MotoGP 2023 now on sale

Tickets for Barcelona’s two major motorsport events at the Circuit de Catalunya-Barcelona next season are now available for fans to purchase.

Was the MotoGP 2022 title won by Bagnaia or lost by Quartararo? Plus

Was the MotoGP 2022 title won by Bagnaia or lost by Quartararo?

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

Alex Marquez “felt at home” immediately on Ducati MotoGP bike in test

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.

Marc Marquez announces Amazon Prime documentary

A new documentary charting Marc Marquez's recovery from injury will be released on Amazon Prime in February.

Marini feels “no pressure” from Valentino Rossi connection in MotoGP

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.

Why there's more to Honda's 2023 MotoGP bike than the Valencia test suggests

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

Gardner “glad I don’t need to get on” KTM MotoGP bike again

Ousted Tech3 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.

Crutchlow “has never seen Yamaha work as hard” on its 2023 MotoGP bike

Yamaha test rider Cal Crutchlow says he has “never seen” Yamaha “work as hard” as it has on developing its 2023 MotoGP bike after a disappointing 2022.

Oliveira “didn’t do what I wanted to” with KTM in MotoGP

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 MotoGP season.

Why the new MotoGP world champion has a stronger character than it seems Plus

Why the new MotoGP world champion has a stronger character than it seems

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

MotoGP champion Bagnaia still undecided on #1 plate for 2023

MotoGP world champion Francesco Bagnaia says he’s still undecided about using the #1 plate for his title defence in 2023, but has “always been fascinated” by riders who do.

How MotoGP fans will get the VIP treatment in 2023

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.

Why Bagnaia's MotoGP triumph is as worthy as Stoner's Ducati breakthrough Plus

Why Bagnaia's MotoGP triumph is as worthy as Stoner's Ducati breakthrough

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: Valentino Rossi MotoGP era of team “left a lot of wounds”

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”.

Quartararo 'disappointed' by Valencia MotoGP test engine issues

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.

Marini heads Valencia 2023 MotoGP pre-season test, Ducati's Bastianini crashes

VR46 rider Luca Marini topped the 2023 pre-season test in Valencia on Tuesday as new factory Ducati rider Enea Bastianini crashed.

Marquez: Honda unable to fight for 2023 MotoGP title with test bike

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.

Marquez: Mir and Rins must learn to live with crashes on Honda MotoGP bike

Marc Marquez says incoming ex-Suzuki duo Alex Rins and Joan Mir must learn to live with crashes as Honda MotoGP riders in 2023.

Crutchlow: Quartararo “is the best rider on the grid” in MotoGP

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.

Tank Slappers Podcast: MotoGP Valencia GP review

Francesco Bagnaia clinched the 2022 MotoGP world championship after finishing the Valencia Grand Prix in ninth with title rival Fabio Quartararo only fourth, as Alex Rins took an emotional Suzuki swansong win.

Marquez explains MotoGP Valencia crash due to "braking too late"

Marc Marquez says his MotoGP Valencia Grand Prix crash was caused by him braking too late and struggling with torque problems.

Why the 2022 MotoGP season had a bittersweet ending

OPINION: MotoGP’s fifth last round showdown of the modern era delivered a tense finale despite the predictable outcome, as Francesco Bagnaia ended 15 years of pain for Ducati. But as emotions ran high for the Italian marque, a final victory for a departing Japanese rival tinged the campaign’s conclusion with sadness

Valencia MotoGP finale “worst day of my career” – Aleix Espargaro

Aleix Espargaro says the season-ending Valencia Grand Prix was the “worst day of my sporting career”, as an engine issue stopped him from fighting for third in the MotoGP standings.

Mir: No publicity campaign will replicate what MotoGP gave Suzuki

Honda-bound 2020 world champion Joan Mir still doesn’t understand Suzuki’s decision to quit MotoGP, and says “no publicity campaign” will replicate what MotoGP gave the marque.

How the VR46 Academy moulded Bagnaia into a MotoGP world champion

MotoGP world champion Francesco Bagnaia has credited Valentino Rossi’s VR46 academy for helping him become a title winner in 2022.

Rins was ‘crying on the grid’ before taking Suzuki’s farewell MotoGP win

Alex Rins admits he was ‘crying on the grid’ prior to taking victory in Suzuki’s final MotoGP race at the Valencia Grand Prix.

Bagnaia only lost faith in MotoGP title for "one hour" over 2022 season

New MotoGP world champion Francesco Bagnaia says he only “lost faith” in the 2022 title for “a half-hour, one hour” when he was 91 points down after June’s German GP.

Quartararo 'had no chance' to win MotoGP title decider in Valencia

Fabio Quartararo believes he did not have a chance to win the MotoGP title deciding Valencia Grand Prix, but says he has “zero regrets” about the race.

The key moments that led to Bagnaia’s historic maiden MotoGP title

Francesco Bagnaia is the 2022 MotoGP world champion, ending a barren run for both Ducati and Italy in an historic turnaround across a dramatic season.

MotoGP Valencia GP: Bagnaia claims 2022 title, Rins claims Suzuki swansong win

Francesco Bagnaia is the 2022 MotoGP world champion after finishing the Valencia Grand Prix in ninth with Fabio Quartararo fourth, as Alex Rins took an emotional race win.

Rossi: Bagnaia “not the usual Pecco” as MotoGP title decider looms

MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi admits championship leader and protégé Francesco Bagnaia doesn’t look like “the usual Pecco” on track at the Valencia title decider.