August 27th, 2013
Valentino Rossi believes that Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa’s one-two finish at Brno is evidence that Honda has moved ahead of Yamaha in the MotoGP pecking order. Honda has now won the last four straight races – all courtesy of Marquez – and has taken pole position in six of the last eight events. Yamaha meanwhile last triumphed in June, when Rossi prevailed in the Dutch TT
August 26th, 2013
Cal Crutchlow believes Tech 3 needs to shelve Yamaha’s latest upgrades after his struggles in recent MotoGP races.
August 25th, 2013
Colin Turkington dominated the opening British Touring Car Championship round at Knockhill to bring his WSR-run BMW 1 Series home more than three seconds clear of the field. The Northern Irishman assumed the lead during an audacious three-wide overtaking move into the hairpin at the end of the second lap and he did not look back.
August 24th, 2013
Cal Crutchlow captured only the second pole of his MotoGP career, setting a new lap record at the Brno circuit. The Briton prevailed in a frantic session that threw up plenty of surprises, not least in the performance of satellite Honda rider Alvaro Bautista
August 3rd, 2013
Sam Tordoff took his first British Touring Car pole position by beating team-mate Jason Plato at Snetterton. The Triple Eight-run works MG6s dominated practice and again moved to the top with their first runs in qualifying. Tordoff managed 1m56.817s to Plato’s 1m56.919s before moving even further clear of his double champion team-mate with a 1m56.696s, almost a second faster than last year’s pole.
July 26th, 2013
Works MotoGP teams will be allowed to expand to four riders from 2014 following a rules adjustment.
July 25th, 2013
James Kaye is to complete the remainder of the 2013 British Touring Car Championship in an S2000 Honda Civic. Kaye and the AmD team will switch from his VW Golf to the Civic from next month’s Snetterton onwards
July 23rd, 2013
Double world champion Casey Stoner will make a dramatic return to MotoGP action as a test rider for Honda in the coming months. The Australian will undertake four tests at Motegi for Honda’s R&D team, with the aim of evolving the RC213V and developing the new production-based racer Honda will sell to selected teams for next year’s championship. Honda however categorically ruled out Stoner making a race return
July 21st, 2013
Marc Marquez extended his MotoGP championship lead as he claimed a second consecutive race win on his Laguna Seca debut. The Spaniard belied his inexperience of the Californian track all weekend, leading three of the four practice sessions and only missing out on pole due to a crash.
July 19th, 2013
Marc Marquez belied his lack of Laguna Seca circuit knowledge to go fastest in Friday MotoGP practice at the Californian track.
July 15th, 2013
Honda has no plans to run its new Formula 1 engine on track before the start of pre-season testing in 2015. The Japanese manufacturer will return to F1 as engine supplier to McLaren for the second season of the new regulations and is scheduled to fire up its engine on the dyno for the first time this autumn. But contrary to rumours it might take advantage of not competing in 2014 to test on track either in an F1 car or a test mule, Honda motorsport boss Yasuhisa Arai insists it has no intention to do so.
July 13th, 2013
Valentino Rossi hailed his first front row start in MotoGP for three years as further proof of his growing competitiveness since returning to Yamaha. However, the seven-time champion believes repeating his victory in the Dutch TT – his first win since October 2012 – will be difficult because of the pace of poleman Marc Marquez. Rossi fears the Honda rider might be out of reach in the second half of tomorrow’s race
July 11th, 2013
Honda has revealed that it will base its new Formula 1 operations at a factory in Milton Keynes. The Japanese manufacturer is returning to F1 with McLaren in 2015 and has now finalised plans to have its European base at a facility already prepared for Mugen. Although the development and manufacture of the new V6 turbo engines will be done at Honda’s R&D facility at Tochigi in Japan, Honda wanted to base its personnel and support operations in the United Kingdom.
June 28th, 2013
Jorge Lorenzo will undergo a medical check on Saturday morning to ascertain if he can race in the Dutch Grand Prix just two days after fracturing his collarbone.
June 27th, 2013
Jorge Lorenzo took the early advantage as MotoGP’s Assen weekend commenced with free practice on Thursday morning. The Hondas had set the initial pace, but a mid-session 1m35.3s lap from Lorenzo put the Yamaha on top by 0.7 seconds. Lorenzo later improved to 1m35.263s, which kept him 0.350s clear of the field as others improved
June 23rd, 2013
Colin Turkington won the second British Touring Car race at Croft in tricky conditions to take his second success of the day. Intermittent rain before the start made tyre choice difficult
June 23rd, 2013
Colin Turkington dominated the first British Touring Car race at Croft as the WSR NGTC BMWs underlined their pace. Turkington made an average start from pole but held the lead from Matt Neal’s Honda, while the WSR BMW of Rob Collard shot through from row three to challenge Jason Plato for third.
June 22nd, 2013
Colin Turkington gave WSR’s NGTC BMW its first British Touring Car pole by topping a dramatic qualifying session at Croft.
June 19th, 2013
Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo was quickest as his team and Suzuki joined Honda’s test at Aragon on Wednesday.
June 19th, 2013
Dani Pedrosa does not intend to race the 2014 Honda MotoGP bike in the immediate future after testing with it for the first time at Aragon on Wednesday. Honda brought next year’s RC213V to the test with the intention of giving it an early race debut if championship leader Pedrosa or his team-mate Marc Marquez wanted to race it.