A Changing of the Guard?

MotoGP has returned to the track for 2017, this week, with the first official pre-season test at the Sepang Circuit in Malaysia.  Of course, we can never fully trust the lap times which are set by the riders due to a number of reasons: variable fuel loads, dual-compound running of tyres, aerodynamic data gatherings etc.…

The Final Lap: January 2017

Each month, MotoGP:Unlocked brings you a roundup of the biggest news stories in world motorbike racing: From MotoGP, World Superbikes, Road Racing and more… British ‘Talent Cup’ for 2018 Whilst most people were thinking about how to make their 2017 better, Dorna were busy already thinking of 2018. With the success of the Asia Talent…

Return of the Kentucky Kid

It will be champion and former champion at Repsol-Honda this weekend as American rider, Nicky Hayden, makes a return to the factory team. MotoGP Race Starts: 217, Race Wins: 3, Podiums: 53, World Championships: 1 The circumstances are obviously not ideal – Dani Pedrosa’s collarbone injury has not improved enough to pass him fit in…

Championship Secured for the Majestic Marquez

The fate of this year’s truly remarkable MotoGP World Championship was sealed today, on the sun drenched Motegi Circuit in Japan, as Marc Marquez claimed his third crown at the first opportunity. Admittedly, to seal the championship today, Marquez required both Yamaha riders to score either three points or less (Jorge Lorenzo) or not score…

Let’s Fly, Let’s Fly-Away!

With the main European portion of the World Championship now concluded, MotoGP heads to the far east for the next three rounds of racing. To add to the intensity which always accompanies these races, the three events are scheduled for consecutive weekends. It also is almost a certainty that, series leader, Marc Marquez will secure…

Coming Up From The Ranks

MotoGP is set for an intake of fresh talent for the 2017 season, with four riders being given the chance to step up from it’s primary feeder series – Moto2. Johann Zarco – Tech3-Yamaha Age: 26, Race starts: 134, Wins: 14, Podiums: 38, Pole-Positions: 16 Arriving in the premier class the smooth talking, smooth riding, Frenchman…

Aragon Grand-Prix: Talking Points

MotoGP finished the European leg of the 2016 World Championship on Sunday with another encaptivating race weekend as the story of this year’s race for the title perhaps reached its defining chapter. Championship is Marquez’ to lose The only place to start is with the winner, Honda’s Marc Marquez. The 23 year-old was in incredible…

Pedrosa Finally Ends Barren Run

Almost 100,000 spectators crammed into the the Misano circuit to witness yet another piece of MotoGP history as Honda’s Dani Pedrosa ensured the story of this remarkable season continued… Pole- Jorge Lorenzo, P2- Valentino Rossi, P3- Maverick Vinales Venue: Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli Race Distance: 28 Laps Everyone got away cleanly at the start…

Brilliant Baldassari Wins At Last

Venue: Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli Distance: 25 Laps Pole: Johan Zarco, P2- Lorezo Baldassarri, P3- Takaaki Nakagami Starting from pole, Johan Zarco got a terrible start with wheelspin off the line, consigning him to fall to sixth position by the time the field made it to the first corner. Initially, it was Franco Morbidelli…