MotoGP News Watch: The Week's Happenings

Fallout from Aragón, 2014 schedule, Stoner surfacing... rounds up the MotoGP week.
Dani Pedrosa and Marc Márquez © GEPA/Gold & Goose
By Joseph Caron Dawe

After an Aragón Grand Prix that threw up another twist in the title chase it's been a busy week away from the racetrack in MotoGP, with plenty of news keeping things ticking over nicely ahead of the triple header in Malaysia, Australia and Japan that kicks off next weekend. rounds up the week's biggest stories here...

Tension mounting...

And not just in the fight for the Championship, but in the Repsol Honda team garage.

After Dani Pedrosa crashed out of Sunday's race following the most minimal of contact with team-mate Marc Márquez, Race Direction revealed that a hearing at the next Grand Prix in Malaysia would be held to establish exactly what happened, and whether the rookie would be sanctioned for what appeared to be more just a case of plain bad luck rather than malice or recklessness when grazing Pedrosa's bike.

Regardless of the circumstances it resulted in a frayed cable relating to traction control on the elder Spaniard's bike, which ended up with Pedrosa being flung off his Honda when he opened the gas moments after their contact. When the pair arrive at Sepang next week a full review of the incident will be undertaken.

Casey Stoner testing Honda's 2014 machine © Photo courtesy of Repsol Honda team

Stoner back in action

But not at a Grand Prix. Well, yes but no... The retired rider will complete a lap of honour with fellow Aussies and former World Champions Wayne Gardner and Mick Doohan at Phillip Island later this month.

Casey Stoner was also in 'proper' action this week at Motegi, where he continued his testing duties for Honda. In what sounds like a positive prospect for next season Stoner said the production machine being developed by the Japanese factory was “more impressive” than he had expected.

Rea rides on in WSBK, after MotoGP talks

World Superbike rider Jonathan Rea, who impressed when standing in for Stoner at Honda for two rounds last season, turned down the chance to ride a Ducati for the Pramac team in MotoGP in 2014 to remain in his current Honda ride.

MCN reports that the Northern Irishman was in talks with the Italian manufacturer over a ride in WSBK, before the tact changed to focus on a MotoGP seat before he eventually opted to stick with Honda, with whom he has ridden for almost a decade.

Jonatha Rea on the Repsol Honda at Misano © Gold & Goose/Red Bull Content Pool

South America scores big

The release of the 2014 MotoGP calendar this week saw Argentina and Brazil added to the schedule, with Laguna Seca – home of the US Grand Prix – dropped. Whether the Brazilian round goes ahead remains to be seen, as the track in Brasilia is still yet to be officially homologated.

Speaking of circuits

Work will commence on a new facility in Wales, costing a huge £280million, before Christmas. The new track, near Ebbw Vale, will be known as the Circuit of Wales and is expected to be angling to host a MotoGP round in the future.

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