Torres will take the GP16 Ducati that was ridden by MotoGP debutant Christophe Ponsson last weekend at Misano, as Rabat continues to recover from his injuries sustained in his horror practice crash at Silverstone last month.
Dani Pedrosa will leave the Repsol Honda Team at the end of the season as his Grand Prix racing career comes to an end, but the three-time World Champion will join the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team in a test role after he’s completed his final race on board a Honda in Valencia.
Rossi courted controversy in the pre-event press conference for this weekend’s Misano round by refusing to shake Marquez’s hand, after the Spaniard had expressed a desire to “make peace” with his arch-rival.
Two-time MotoGP champion Casey Stoner says he is unlikely to continue in his current test role with Ducati because the manufacturer doesn’t use his feedback.
Espargaro broke his left collarbone in a crash during the Sunday warm-up at Brno and had to sit out that weekend’s race, before also missing the Red Bull Ring and Silverstone rounds.
Johann Zarco says he will continue to target the top five at Misano but concedes missing out on the recent test at the Italian track may hamper his efforts for Monster Yamaha Tech 3.
Andrea Dovizioso says he feels MotoGP title rival Marc Marquez threw away an “easy” win in last weekend’s Argentine Grand Prix with his erratic riding. Marquez became embroiled in controversy at Termas de Rio Hondo, earning a ride-through penalty for illegally starting on the grid after stalling his bike and
Valentino Rossi has said Marc Marquez has ‘destroyed the sport’ after the antics that saw the Spaniard receive three penalties during today’s Argentinian Grand Prix.
The Spaniard failed to finish the opening round of the season in Qatar after suffering a brake failure, which he admits he was “lucky” to escape from uninjured while running in 10th place.