The Final Lap: March

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 Team Shine On Debut Under the lights of the Losail Circuit in Qatar, the newest entry to the Moto3 field could not have wished for a better debut. John…

Mighty Maverick Lights Up Losail

Yamaha’s new signing for 2017, Maverick Vinales, takes the glory in Qatar after a breathtaking race long duel. Starting front row: Pole – Maverick Vinales (Yamaha), P2 – Andrea Iannone (Suzuki, P3 – Marc Marquez (Honda) A spot of drizzle just moments before the scheduled race start caused panic from race organisers, threatened to deny…

Andrea Iannone – Year For Redemption

Amid the hype of the new season, and most of the talk which has been about the chances of the Yamaha and Ducati riders, one rider has gone almost unmentioned, despite having more to prove, than most, this season. Italian rider, Andrea Iannone, joined the Suzuki team over the winter break after two difficult seasons…

Qatar Grand-Prix: Preview

The long winter is finally over, and this weekend the MotoGP paddock roars back into life for the annual night race to herald the start of the 2017 season. Losail International Circuit, Doha, Qatar Length: 5.4km Left Corners: 6 Right Corners: 10 Longest Straight: 1068 metres Race Distance: 22 Laps / 73.5 miles In daylight, there…

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…