Dani Pedrosa
Mar 19

MotoGP: Breaking Down The Rules For 2014 And Beyond

Marc Marquez is the prohibitive favorite to repeat as MotoGP World Champion. (Photo: Getty Images)

Marc Marquez is the prohibitive favorite to repeat as MotoGP World Champion. (Photo: Getty Images)

No amount of politics or rule bending can mask the obvious — Spanish tyro Marc Marquez and the factory Honda RC213V are the combination to beat in the 2014 MotoGP World Championship.

It will be a tight and tense battle with double World Champion Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha M1) again shaping as Marquez’s toughest challenger, as he was in 2013.

Mar 3

MotoGP: Pedrosa Already Noticing Tire Differences In Testing

Dani Pedrosa of Spain and Repsol Honda Team. (Photo: Getty Images)

Dani Pedrosa of Spain and Repsol Honda Team. (Photo: Getty Images)

Dani Pedrosa racked up 88 laps as the three-day Phillip Island tire test began on Monday. The sole Repsol Honda Team rider present, the three-time premier class championship runner-up completed more laps than any other rider present.

Following the tire-related problems of the 2013 Australian Grand Prix, this week’s test features new tires from both Bridgestone (MotoGP) and Dunlop (Moto2). In Pedrosa’s case, the Spaniard started Monday on last year’s tires in order to compare them with the 2014 bike, before conducting short runs (each of a minimum of six laps) as research started with the new experimental tires.

Mar 2

MotoGP: Yamaha, Honda And Ducati Set For Phillip Island Test

Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa (26) and Yamaha's Valentino Rossi (46) will be present at the Phillip Island tire test. (Photo: Getty Images)

Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa (26) and Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi (46) will be present at the Phillip Island tire test. (Photo: Getty Images)

From Monday to Wednesday this week (March 3-5), the Factory MotoGP teams of Honda, Yamaha and Ducati will be on-track at Phillip Island as they and two Moto2 squads engage in a tire-focused test at the Australian circuit.

Following last year’s Australian Grand Prix – when the premier class race was divided into two halves by pit-stops and the Moto2 event was shortened, due to the abrasive new track surface leading to severe tire wear – it was decided to organize this test at the island track which will host the 16th round of the 2014 season.

Feb 28

MotoGP: Rossi And Pedrosa On Top As Second Sepang Test Concludes

Valentino Rossi ends Sepang2 test on top. (Photo: Getty Images)

Valentino Rossi ends Sepang2 test on top. (Photo: Getty Images)

Yamaha Factory Racing’s Valentino Rossi and Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa concluded the second Sepang MotoGP test with an identical 1:59.999 lap time, as preparations for the 2014 season continued in Malaysia.

Meanwhile, after testing concluded the Ducati Team confirmed their decision to enter the ‘Open’ class in 2014, meaning that they will use standard electronics software and will benefit from the greater engine allocation permitted in the new regulations.