Nov 9

MotoGP: Marquez Calm Under Pressure Despite Magnitude Of Situation

Marc Marquez needs to finish fourth or better to clinch the MotoGP World Championship. (Photo: Getty Images)

Marc Marquez needs to finish fourth or better to clinch the MotoGP World Championship. (Photo: Getty Images)

If Marc Marquez is feeling the massive pressure of becoming the first rookie in 35 years to win the MotoGP World Championship, he is not showing it.

After blasting his way to a ninth pole position for the season in front of a euphoric, near-capacity crowd at Valencia, he breezily explained his mindset for Sunday’s title showdown.

Marquez has been in this situation before, albeit not with the intensity and pressure of the premier class title at stake.

Nov 9

MotoGP: Crutchlow Questions Marquez’s Risky Riding Style

Cal Crutchlow (right) chats with the media as Marc Marquez (left) looks on. (Photo: Getty Images)

Cal Crutchlow (right) chats with the media as Marc Marquez (left) looks on. (Photo: Getty Images)

British rider Cal Crutchlow will have one of the best seats in the house for Sunday’s MotoGP championship showdown.

Crutchlow has qualified sixth, outside of the second row, on the Monster Tech3 Yamaha with title aspirants Marc Marquez (pole) and Jorge Lorenzo (second) just ahead.

Crutchlow says he has been stunned by Marquez’s seemingly risky, all-out style during practice and qualifying for this crucial race.

Nov 8

MotoGP: Rossi Decision To Split – Burgess Was “Blindsided”

MotoGP: Rossi Decision To Split With Burgess Was A Surprise

Yamaha Factory Racing’s Italian rider Valentino Rossi waits in the pits during the second Moto GP free practice of the Valencia GP. (Photo: Getty Images)

The ruthless decision by Valentino Rossi to cut adrift his legendary Australian crew chief Jeremy Burgess continues to dominate the paddock in Valencia in the build-up to Sunday’s title deciding race.

Rossi and Burgess attended a hastily convened press conference in the Yamaha hospitality on Friday to further explain the spilt after winning seven world titles and 80 races together.

Nov 7

MotoGP: Valentino Rossi Opts For New Crew Chief In 2014

MotoGP: Valentino Rossi Opts For New Crew Chief In 2014

Valentino Rossi of Italy and Yamaha Factory Racing. (Photo: Getty Images)

Valentino Rossi’s decision to spilt with long-serving crew chief Jeremy Bruges ends perhaps the most successful collaboration in the history of MotoGP.

Rossi won his seven premier-class world titles and 80 MotoGP races with Burgess, a former racer from Australia, masterminding the garage operation at three factory teams – Honda, Yamaha and Ducati.

Nov 7

MotoGP: Hayden Talks Title Showdown In Valencia

MotoGP: Nicky Hayden On Title Showdown In Valencia GP

Ducati’s Nicky Hayden (right) of the United States rides through a corner during qualifying. (Photo: Getty Images)

America’s most recent MotoGP World Champion, Nicky Hayden, won the title in 2006 in a tension-filled final race showdown with Valentino Rossi.

Now it is the turn of Jorge Lorenzo and Marc Marquez, both Spaniards and shooting for the crown on home turf in Sunday’s Valencia Grand Prix.