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Feb 11

MotoGP: Ducati Still Pondering Switch To ‘Open’ Spec Bikes

Ducati Team's Italian rider Andrea Dovizioso steers his bike during the first MotoGP pre-season testing session at the Sepang circuit. (Photo: Getty Images)

Ducati Team’s Italian rider Andrea Dovizioso steers his bike during the first MotoGP pre-season testing session at the Sepang circuit. (Photo: Getty Images)

One of the significant topics of discussion during MotoGP testing last week was whether or not Ducati will be switching all of its premier class bikes to Open specification for the upcoming 2014 campaign.

The label ‘Open’ is new this year and is given to those bikes running the spec ECU software (as provided by Dorna Sports and Magneti Marelli) as well as the ECU hardware, which from this season onwards is compulsory for all bikes in the field.

Feb 11

F1: Webber Believes Ricciardo Will ‘Go Well’ Against Vettel

Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Infiniti Red Bull Racing during day three of Formula One Winter Testing at the Circuito de Jerez. (Photo: Getty Images)

Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Infiniti Red Bull Racing stands by during Formula One winter testing in Jerez, Spain. (Photo: Getty Images)

Mark Webber expects his replacement at Red Bull, countryman Daniel Ricciardo, to put up a competitive defense alongside Sebastian Vettel this year.

By the end of the tense Webber-Vettel pairing, the duo were barely on speaking terms while Vettel was at the top of his game, winning a fourth consecutive championship in dominant style.

Feb 11

MotoGP: HRC Boss Says RCV1000R Riders ‘Need More Time’

Scott Redding for the GO&FUN Honda Gresini team at the 2014 Valencia test. (Photo: MotoGP.com)

Scott Redding gets on track for the GO&FUN Honda Gresini team at the 2014 Valencia test. (Photo: MotoGP.com)

Those riding the Honda RCV1000R need more time to get to grips with the new machine. That is the opinion of Shuhei Nakamoto, HRC executive vice president, who shared his opinion on the situation at the end of last week’s Sepang test.

There are four Honda RCV1000R bikes (originally dubbed the ‘Production Racer’) in the field this season. Two are run by Drive M7 Aspar, with Nicky Hayden and Hiroshi Aoyama at the helm, whereas others are piloted by GO&FUN Honda Gresini’s Scott Redding and Cardion AB Motoracing’s Karel Abraham.

Feb 10

IndyCar: James Hinchcliffe Cheers On Team Canada From Afar

Canadian IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe. (Photo: Getty Images)

Canadian IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe. (Photo: Getty Images)

Count James Hinchcliffe among the many Canadians caught up with Winter Olympic fever.

With his home country near the top of the medal table, the three-time IndyCar Series race winner tweeted, “Fully addicted to Olympic action now. #GoCanada”

 

As for his favorite sport to watch, Hinchcliffe chose two sports that are uniquely Canadian.

Feb 10

IndyCar: Team Penske expands partnership with Verizon Wireless

Team Penske shows off their new Verizon Wireless gear following Monday's announcement. (Photo: @PaddockInsider)

Team Penske shows off their new Verizon Wireless gear following Monday’s announcement. (Photo: @PaddockInsider)

Team Penske and Verizon Wireless announced Monday they have increased their partnership both on and off the track.

The multi-year agreement will see expanded use of Verizon’s wireless services across the Penske organization, with the goal of improved communication, as well as additional sponsorship opportunities within the team.

“Verizon has been a terrific partner for Team Penske and we are excited to continue to grow our relationship with them in 2014 and beyond,” said team owner Roger Penske. “Verizon’s technology and marketing activation has meant so much to Team Penske and the sport of IndyCar racing and we look forward to building on this special partnership in the future.”