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Bruce Anstey is set to miss the 2018 road racing season as he battles illness, his partner has revealed.
The 48-year-old has ‘multiple tumours in his lungs and a tumour on his spine’ as well as a blood clot on the lung, meaning he is highly unlikely to take part in any form of racing this season as he focuses on recovery, but his long-term partner Anny Ramsey refuses to rule the flying Kiwi out of racing in 2018 altogether.
“Unfortunately, Brucey has become ill,” Ramsey posted on her Facebook page. “He has multiple tumours in his lungs, a tumour on his spine, and a blood clot on the lung just to kick him while he’s down.
“I doubt very much Bruce will see any racing this year, but we won’t rule that out lol! He is waiting for a treatment plan and should be starting it very soon. I...
The biggest rivalry in MotoGP has been reignited following an incident packed Argentina MotoGP race.
Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez was at the centre of the controversy – the Spaniard dominated the post-race headlines for all the wrong reasons – stalling on the grid, riding the wrong way through the grid to reclaim his starting position, riding into Aprilia's Aleix Espargaro and then forcing Yamaha's Valentino off track while battling for sixth.
Rossi remounted his Yamaha to finish 19th and although Marquez finished in fifth, he was bumped down the pecking order to 18th after being slapped with a 30-second penalty. It was the Honda pilot’s third penalty of the day – he was handed a ride through penalty in the early stages of the race after stalling his bike on the grid and then riding...
LCR Honda rider Cal Crutchlow produced a stunning ride to emerge victorious in an action-packed Argentina Grand Prix.
Mixed wet conditions, a delayed start, penalties and crashes ensured it was a wild race at the Autodromo Termas de Rio Hondo, but Crutchlow held his nerve superbly to see off the challenge of Johann Zarco to clinch his third career MotoGP win and the 750th for Honda in the premier class.
Starting from the fourth row, Crutchlow moved through the field and took advantage of a start penalty that was handed to a charging Marc Marquez. Moving past Zarco and Alex Rins to claim second, the Briton hit the front seven laps from the end when leader and polesitter Jack Miller went wide at a corner.
Crutchlow managed the closing stages expertly, keeping Zarco at bay to seal a...
Jack Miller has lashed out at race organisers after shambolic scenes at yesterday’s Argentina GP round saw the race delayed as confusion reigned supreme.
The slick shod Australian poleman was the only rider on the grid as the rest of the field left the starting line-up seconds before the race was due to start to switch from wets to slicks.
Chaos endured as the entire field, Miller aside, entered pitlane to change tyres, and race control decided to restart the race due to serious safety concerns, leaving the Pramac rider, who was still on the grid, angry and frustrated.
Speaking after the race he said: “We went to the grid, and I felt it wasn't going to rain anymore and stayed out there on slicks. The others didn't feel that way, I guess – and they all peeled back into the pitlane...
Pramac Racing's Jack Miller’s huge gamble to switch to slicks on a drying track for the Gran Premio Motul de la Republica Argentina paid dividends, with the Australian snatching a jawdropping maiden MotoGP pole position off Repsol Honda rider Dani Pedrosa on his final lap. In doing so, Miller became the first ever Ducati satellite rider to secure pole position.
It was a gritty and spectacular performance by Miller, who dug deep as his bike bucked, slipped and slid beneath him, especially in Turns 7 and 8 where the slicks struggled to find grip on the proper wet asphalt. Miller said: “When you go from wets to slicks they are a lot heavier to turn, so you've got to get the timing right to stay in that wheel width of dry line. So just to get that flow, you've got to go out there and...
20-year-old Bradley Ray celebrated his first race win in the Bennetts British Superbike Championship in the opening race of the season at Donington Park today, holding off the last lap challenge from defending champion Shane 'Shakey' Byrne and James Ellison.
On the opening lap of the race home hero Leon Haslam had initially grabbed the advantage on the JG Speedfit Kawasaki after Byrne had a disastrous start off the line and dropped down the order dramatically.
Ellison was instantly on the attack and took the lead on the opening lap for the local Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha team with Ray holding third place with Jason O'Halloran and Danny Buchan in close contention.
Ray was piling the pressure on Haslam though and he made a move on lap three to move into second place and ready to target...
The RST Race Department has been busy throughout the year developing its new Pro Series CPX-C II suit.
Inspired by the upcoming football world cup, the leather one-piece suit has been designed using feedback from elite riders like Alex Lowes in WSB and MotoGP, Richard Cooper in BSB and Ian Hutchinson at the TT, and as a result there are substantial upgrades to the fit and ergonomics of the Pro-Series CPX-C II and added removable elbow sliders.
The suit features extensive CE-approved armour throughout, while the enlarged stretch panels and more aggressively cut legs and arms make it easier than ever to move around on the bike.
The suits are available in the colours of the 32 countries taking part in this year's tournament. Priced from £659.99.
Michael Dunlop has signed a deal with Tyco BMW to ride one of the team's Superbikes at the North West 200, Isle of Man TT and Ulster Grand Prix.
Dunlop's decision means he will be a team-mate of fellow Northern Irishman Alastair Seeley at the North West 200 in May.
Confirming the news, Dunlop admitted his relationship with the Tyco team has not always been cordial.
"Everything has been hot headed and hasn't been plain sailing," he said.
"Local lads, local team and it's very easy to be seen as feisty the last few years between me and the team.
"Tyco BMW and I have spoken many times but nothing ever came of it, but this year everything fell into place. At the end of the day I want to do a job, they want a job done so it's very very simple. I think it’s a good time for us both to...
Aprilia’s Eugene Laverty has had a lucky escape after being run over by Jordi Torres during Lap 5 of Race Two from Thailand.
The Irishman sustained a broken pubic ramus in the racing incident. He was taken to Buriram Hospital where scans have revealed a small pelvis fracture which is not weight-bearing when standing.The news means the rider does not require surgery.
Speaking about the incident, Mv Agusta’s Torres said: “On turn six, I saw Eugene crash and unfortunately, instead of sliding to the outside, the bike came back on the track and I found Laverty right on my line. I was unable to do anything to avoid him, since he was just a few centimetres away.”
Laverty is expected to return to action soon, but he is likely to miss the next WSBK round at Aragon on April 14-15.
Welshman Chaz Davies took his first win of the season – his first victory at the Chang International Circuit – in Race Two from Thailand after charging through the field to take the lead on lap eight.
Davies said: ”It was a fantastic race, something special. To come away with a win here makes me so happy. At Buriram we've always struggled in the past, it's been a long process to get into a race winning position. I want to thank the whole team because they've given me such a great bike today. The Panigale R was working really well, we found a little bit more consistency and I could be more adaptable with the bike. It was quite hectic out there but, if you can get through it OK, it's so much fun. Our package is competitive and in Europe it will be like starting from zero. I'm looking...
Reigning WSBK Champion Jonathan Rea will be one of three riders in the official Kawasaki factory squad that will line up at the Suzuka 8HR Race later this year.
Keen to capture success in one of the world’s most prestigious races, Kawasaki Team Green has unveiled a formidable rider line up for the motorcycle endurance event that takes place at the famous 5.8km long Suzuka circuit in Japan across the weekend of July 28 and 29.
Rea will line up alongside current British Superbike championship star, Leon Haslam with rising Asian star Kazuma Watanabe as the final squad member.
As official Kawasaki Team Green entry, the riders have an enviable track-record in this and other racing classes including three world superbike titles and one Suzuka 8hr win for Rea, two Suzuka 8hr wins and...
Jonathan Rea has slashed Marco Melandri’s advantage in the World Superbike Championship to two points after claiming his maiden victory of 2018 in race one in Thailand on Saturday.
Rea controlled the race after securing pole position ahead of his Kawasaki team-mate Tom Sykes, and while Sykes was first over the line in the first two laps, Rea quickly took the lead.
Controlling the race from the front, Rea won by 1.550 seconds – his 40th race win in WorldSBK for Kawasaki, and the first since new regulations came in to limit Kawasaki to a lower maximum rev ceiling than any of their four-cylinder rivals. The win cements his unprecedented record at the Chang International Circuit, where he has won six of the seven races held since 2015.
The Ulsterman said: “I tried to manage the gap...
Andrea Dovizioso took top honours at the opening round of the 2018 season, holding off a determined challenge by Marc Marquez to cement his place as the second most successful racer in Ducati’s history.
The Italian rider, who started from Row 2, was unable to get a good start when the lights went out and he crossed the line at the end of the opening lap in seventh place.
However, Dovizioso dug deep, consolidated his position and then began moving up into the leading group, battling with Marquez, Rossi and Zarco before taking over at the front on lap 18.
Dovizioso was unable to shake off Marquez on the Repsol Honda, the Spaniard shadowing the Italian before launching an attack at the final curve. However, Dovizioso held his nerve and was able to get through on the inside and...
Tech 3 pilot Johann Zarco phenomenally sealed the first pole position of the 2018 season by posting the fastest ever lap on two wheels at the Losail International Circuit.
With his remarkable time of 1’53.680 minutes, the satellite Yamaha rider smashed the 10-year-old track record at the venue in Qatar, after going straight through to Q2.
The Frenchman said: “I’m really happy, it’s truly the best way to start the season. I had a crash in FP4 and while I came away with no harm, it’s not funny to be down before the qualifying.
“Beating the lap record makes me really proud. Tomorrow is the main day. I want to try to win, try to be on the podium. It looks like my pace over the distance is not the best one, but at least starting from pole is the best chance to catch a good result.”
Valentino Rossi will race for two more years with the Yamaha factory outfit in MotoGP after announcing he had signed a new deal which will see him racing through 2020.
The move is hardly a shock – Rossi has always said he’ll race for as long as he feels competitive, and the only surprise about the announcement is that it took so long to announce.
Rossi said: “When I signed my last contract with Yamaha, in March 2016, I wondered if that would have been the last contract as a MotoGP rider. At that time, I decided that I‘d take that decision during the following two years.
“During the last two years I came to the conclusion that I want to continue because racing, being a MotoGP rider, but especially riding my M1, is the thing that makes me feel good.
“Having the opportunity to work...
Ducati’s breathtaking Panigale V4S redefines the sportsbike market. But what makes it so special? And why is it such a gamechanger? We got our hands on one to find out…
Ducati’s Panigale V4S is a real game changer for Ducati – it’s the Italian marque’s first mainstream four-cylinder machine to enter production. Yes, the Desmosedici RR was a V4, but that was a strictly-limited production bike and only 1,500 were ever made. It as much a marketing exercise in profiting from the company’s participation in MotoGP as it was an exercise in engineering excellence.
So how did we get here? What has made Ducati turn its back on the booming V-twins that have defined the brand? The answer is that Ducati had simply reached the limits of technology needed to build a twin that is both dynamic and...
Aprilia has unveiled its racing platform for the 2018 MotoGP – an updated version of the Aprilia RS-GP.
The bike features a new aluminium frame, a new new carbon fibre swingarm, a new airbox and new exhaust are also new.
Other changes include a new aero package and new suspension – Öhlins TSB46 forks and an Öhlins TRSP44 rear shock..
The Aprilia RS-GP will be raced by team stalwart Aleix Espagaro and new recruit Scott Redding.
After taking on the premier class for the first time last season with impressive results – including seven top ten finishes – KTM will now have even more representation on the MotoGP grid next season, announcing a new partnership to supply Tech 3 with machinery from 2019 and bring the number of RC16s on the grid up to four.
The move comes soon after the Tech 3 team revealed its long-standing partnership with Yamaha would be coming to an end at the close of 2018, with the two having raced together for two decades.
"We are very happy to join forces with Tech 3 in MotoGP from 2019,” says Pit Beirer, KTM Motorsport Director.
"The team has many years of experience and achieved a lot of great results in this championship. Their professional structure will make us even stronger. Having...
With a masterful lap of 1:54.029 Monster Yamaha Tech3 rider Johann Zarco dominated the MotoGP field on the last day of testing before the start of the 2018 season.
The remarkable Frenchman took over the top spot with two hours to go, before he carried out a race simulation in order to be perfectly prepared for the first race, which takes place in two weeks’ time under the floodlights of the Losail International Circuit.
Zarco said:"That was a very good third day, I’m delighted to finish with the top lap time. I think it was even possible to ride inside the high 53s, but we have to accept that we have to understand step by step how to ride at this speed. We did some great work with the team and with everything we did during these three days, I felt more confidence and I could work...
The second day of testing at the Losail International Circuit saw teams shift their focus to race set-up ahead of the first GP of the season on March 18, and Suzuki’s Andrea Iannone finished the session at the top of the timesheets.
While focusing mainly on finding base race settings, Iannone was able to string together a run of 15 highly consistent and quick laps. The Italian confirmed the fast pace he showed on the first day, and was once again the strongest rider through sector T2 and T4. All of this, combined with a boost in confidence and a comfortable feeling with the front of the bike, earned him the fastest time of the day and he ended the session on the top of the time sheet with a 1:54.586.
The Italian said: “Here, since yesterday, the bike has given me a good feeling. I...
Yamaha factory rider Maverick Viñales enjoyed a positive first day’s testing at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar, finishing the session in first place.
Viñales tried various tweaks to the basic setting, gradually improving his feeling on the bike as well as his position, slotting into second place, behind team-mate Valentino Rossi, with more than three and a half hours to go.
He spent the remaining time of the session concentrating on his riding style and setting a consistent pace – he set a 1'55.053s on lap 50 of 64 laps in total, and ended the first day in first place with a 0.051s margin over his closest rival.
He said: “We had no confidence to push in Thailand. Today it looks like we improved in that area. In the beginning I didn't feel well with the bike, but after...
The Ducati WSBK factory team enjoyed a memorable first round performance at Phillip Island as Marco Melandri took two extraordinary race victories.
Race One saw Melandri fight with the leading group of Rea and Sykes before the Italian closed the gap from Sykes at the top, eventually taking the lead with five laps to go and defending his position until the checkered flag.
His team-mate Chaz Davies also enjoyed a strong race, coming back from sixth to third position in the second half of the race to take a deserved podium.
Race Two was shaped by a mandatory tyre change, a decision taken by Race Direction for safety reasons, which prompted the riders to pit-in from lap 10 to 12.
At the end of lap 11, Melandri enjoyed a near perfect pit-stop and rejoined the race in second...
The 2018 MotoGP season has not even started, yet news is starting to break that will play a crucial role in the 2019 season – the Monster Yamaha Tech3 team has announced that this will be the last season it competes as a satellite Yamaha team.
The decision to split its ties with the Japanese manufacturer brings to an end the French team’s near two-decade association with Yamaha.
The rumour mill has gone into overdrive speculating who will be supplying Tech3 with MotoGP bikes next year. Both Honda and Ducati are already supplying a lot of teams with bikes for 2019, and neither would want to add another satellite squad. Aprilia doesn’t have the budget to be able to support Tech3, so that only really two candidates: KTM and Suzuki.
KTM is backed by Red Bull and has one of the largest...
The 2018 season may not even have kicked off, but Marc Marquez has become the third rider to secure his long-term future after signing a contract extension with Honda to stay with the Repsol team for two more years, for the 2019 and 2020 seasons.
Marquez said: “I’m excited to continue to race for Honda’s factory team in the MotoGP class. I’m proud to race as a member of the Honda family, and I appreciate how Honda and the team always do their best to provide me with everything I need. I would also like to thank everyone who has given me such warm support over the years. The first two official tests went well and, with my contract renewed, I can focus on racing in the new season. I will continue to enjoy racing, share my joy with everybody and do my best to reach our shared goals....
The Repsol Honda team has wrapped up a positive final day of testing in Thailand, which saw Dani Pedrosa setting the fastest time of the day and the best overall with a 1’29.781” on lap 77 of 78.
The Spaniard said: “We leave Thailand with positive feelings. The test was quite tough as the temperatures were high, and we worked really hard over the three days. In the end we didn’t have many tyres left, so we had to carefully manage the planning of our work.
“We worked on many aspects of the bike’s setup, and step-by-step we improved our speed and pace. Among other things, today we tested a carbon swing arm that’s a new area for us to work on, so we’re still in the process of learning and of finding the feeling. I’m very happy with the job my team is doing at the track, and with what...
Despite suffering an early crash, LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow got his Thai testing off to a flier as he topped the timesheets on Friday.
He said: “I had a not too bad day considering we’ve not been to the circuit before, I think only a couple of guys have, but I think we’ve continued to ride well after Malaysia.
“I didn’t have a good day this morning and I’ve had jet lag. I didn’t feel great. I didn’t feel psychically tired but I wanted to sleep! But maybe if I did that on a race weekend I could go a lot quicker…!”
Joking aside, the Brit did crash in the morning – a minor tip off at the last corner with no damage to man or machine . He said: “I crashed this morning on the fifth lap or something but I wasn’t concentrating so well. There are a few bumps on the last corner and it’s a...
Everybody’s favourite truck mechanic, tea connoisseur and TV host, Guy Martin has just launched a new bike cleaner.
Nothing to revolutionary from the Lincolnshire maverick, though the big difference is in how the cleaner is packaged. Instead of shipping a big bottle of liquid around the place, which is mostly water, the Proper Cleaner comes in slug-form which is wrapped in a water soluble packet that dissolves on contact with water, rather like those washing machine globules.
It’s not the first time that a concentrate has been sold to save costs, shipping and the planet. Where Guy’s cleaner differs is that replacements are tiny dry packets, about the size of a pair of cheesy Wotsits. They come in a fairly sturdy resealable ziploc bag, so you shouldn’t have any worries about water...
Motorcycle racing's premier series is set to go electric for 2019 with the news that MotoGP is launching the world's first electric racing championship – the MotoE World Cup.
There will be 18 bikes competing in the inaugural season, supplied by Italian company Energica, all filled by current grand prix teams, with each of the eight independent MotoGP teams provided with two bikes, with the four remaining machines to be slotted into Moto2 or Moto3 teams who chose to enter MotoE.
Practice sessions will take place on Friday, qualifying on Saturday, and the 10-lap races will occur on Sunday – mimicking the current GP schedule. The first pre-season test is set to take place at Jerez, later this month.
Michelin will continue as a single-tire supplier in the GP paddock, providing rubber...
23-time TT winner John McGuinness has signed to ride for the Norton factory team in the Superbike and Senior TT Races at the 2018 Isle of Man TT.
McGuinness joins 2015 British Superbike Champion Josh Brookes in a two-man team using the latest specification Norton ‘SG7’ machines, derived from the firm’s flagship V4 RR road bike.
McGuinness last won a Superbike class race in 2015, winning the Senior, which also saw him breaking the outright lap record with a lap of 132.701, which remains his fastest lap around the Mountain Course. He achieved podiums in both the 2016 Superbike and Senior TT but missed last year’s TT races meeting due to serious injuries sustained in the North West 200, which he is still recovering from. However, he expects to be back to full fitness in time for his TT...
The 2018 Triumph Speed Triple S and 2018 Triumph Speed Triple RS represent Triumph’s ongoing evolution to its modern motorcycle lineup.
This latest iteration of the Speed Triple includes IMU-powered electronics (RS model) and a modest 13hp power increase.
The bike boasts more than 100 new parts in the engine alone, with the Speed Triple RS now claiming 148hp at the crank, with 86 lb.ft of peak torque also on tap.
This power is controlled by five riding modes (four riding modes for the S model, which doesn’t have a Track mode), and a safety net is created by an IMU-powered traction control system.
That IMU also powers the cornering ABS, which means that the new Speed Triple is finally in line with its rival machines, in terms of rider aids.
The new Speed Triple gets an all-new 5in...
This year’s much-lauded inaugural Welsh Road Races at Eppynt will not go ahead due to a change in the traffic laws, say organisers.
The move comes after a hearing on January 9 with regard to the repeal of the Road Traffic Act. The repeal was to allow the use of closed Public Roads for Motorsport events. This repeal came into effect yesterday, on the 2nd February.
The Welsh Road Race had gained permissions previously, but the current change in legislation, has put the the timescale of the event into jeopardy, as there will not be enough time to obtain the correct permissions now to permit the event.
“We are working closely with the ACU, Crown Properties and Powys County Council to organise the Welsh Road Race, and under the new changes in legislation, the new deadlines that have been...
Josh Brookes is set to return to the Isle of Man and will again represent the Norton factory in this year’s Superbike and Senior TT Races.
Australian Brookes, the 2015 British Superbike Champion, will compete on the ‘SG7’, derived from the V4 RR road bike. The bike that Brookes will ride is hand built at Norton’s Donington Hall factory and will continue its development and testing schedule in the hands of two-time TT Race winner - and Norton development rider – Steve Plater.
Brookes enjoyed a successful return to the Mountain Course last year following a two-year absence from the Isle of Man, which included the fastest ever lap around the TT Course by a Norton machine with 130.883mph.
The lap was posted in the Senior race, which saw him finish in sixth place, his best finish to date...
WSBK is coming to Northern Ireland and will join the racing calendar in 2019.
The news comes today in a joint press release from Dorna (the media rights holder to WSBK) and Manna Developments (the circuit developer), where a three-year contract was announced today to race at the yet-to-be-built Lake Torrent Circuit.
Once completed, the Lake Torrent Circuit will have 12 corners over its 2.4-mile length, while the elevation change is said to be +/- 100 feet (30m).
David Henderson of Manna Developments, said: “Having finally identified the perfect location and achieved planning permission last year, today sees the completion of that dream and is a day that will only be topped when we see up to 30,000 spectators converge in Coalisland for the first WSBK racing event in Northern...
The first official MotoGP test of 2018 has concluded at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia with Ducati's Jorge Lorenzo lapping in a time of 1’58.830 to establish an unofficial new track record.
The Spaniard ended the day at the top of the timings, and the three-day test, despite having a harmless crash late in the morning, and praised the changes made to the Desmosedici GP 2018 machine.
He said: “I leave Sepang very satisfied with the work that we have done over the last three days, not only because of the time that I set today, but also because I’m convinced that many aspects of the bike have improved since last year. Now I feel it’s better adapted to my riding style and I feel more at home when I’m riding it, but we still have to understand a few things to be able to get...
The Factory Yamaha MotoGP squad enjoyed a positive second day of testing any Sepang, finishing the second day in first and second place respectively.
Similar to yesterday morning, the MotoGP riders waited for the track to dry before they ventured out just before 12 o’clock local track time.
Viñales had a busy schedule again. His strategy remained the same as for Day 1: put in a lot of laps to work on tyre wear. He initially headed out on the same bike as yesterday to get a feel for the conditions, before he gave the new fairing a try. Throughout the second day of testing the Spaniard noticed improvement in the consistency of his lap times. He put his YZR-M1 to the test during the final stages of the eight-hour session and posted a 1’59.355s on lap 66/68 for top billing, with a 0.035s...
Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa set the fastest time of the opening day of the Sepang test, with a mark of 1’59.427” on his 55th lap (out of 56), three tenths faster than the Ducati duo of Andrea Dovizioso and Jorge Lorenzo.
In typical Malaysian fashion, the morning dawned under heavy rain, so the asphalt was still wet when the track opened at 10 am.
Pedrosa said: “Of course it’s good to start the testing with the fastest time, so we’re happy with that. We had some rain in the morning and therefore the chance to do a few laps on rain tyres, and we felt good from the beginning. In the afternoon, when the track dried, the asphalt kept improving lap by lap, and that was positive for the many changes we had to try.
“We have three bikes here, and they have the same setup but different...
Motorcycle racers are generally a different breed – very competitive, focussed to the point of obsession, and ruthless in their quest to be number one. Becoming a national champion takes years of dedication, sweat and toil, becoming a world champion requires even more commitment. And talent.
Neil Hodgson knows what it takes to be a winner. He scooped both the BSB and WSBK titles in an illustrious career on both sides of the Atlantic before injury forced his retirement. After dislocating his shoulder in a motocross training accident in California in 2009, Hodgson landed on the same shoulder during Sunday morning warm-up for the opening round of the 2010 British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch and knew his career was over. That, in reality, was the start of the second phase of...
Neil Hodgson is a former BSB and WSBK champion. Remembered fondly for his ‘Doohan’esque riding style, and his epic title decider with Chris Walker at Donington Park, Hodgson announced his retirement in 2010 after 20 seasons of racing after suffering a brutal shoulder injury.
He’s now the MotoGP commentator for BT Sport, where he uses his knowledge to offer a valuable insight into racing’s premier class alongside Keith Huewen. After two decades of competition, he’s got a wealth of experience with kit from a huge range of manufacturers, and is uniquely placed to explain what works and doesn’t. Here he shares his hard earned kit wisdom:
“I know it’s obvious, but your helmet is your most important piece of kit. It has to be – you only get one head, so you need to do...
Maverick Viñales has agreed a two-year extension to his contract with the factory Movistar Yamaha squad which will see him ride for the Japanese manufacturer until 2020.
The young Catalan, who won won three races and took seven podiums with Yamaha, finished third place in the MotoGP Championship standings last year, and is the first rider in the leading factory teams to secure his seat on next year’s MotoGP grid.
He said: "I’m really happy that Yamaha and I have extended our contract by two more years. It’s great for me and the team that we were able to make this announcement this early on, because it gives us a sense of calm: we know that I will continue riding my M1 for the coming three seasons, so now we can just focus on the actual racing.
"I’m very satisfied with this decision....
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