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Cycle News 2014 Issue 06 February 11 2014

Cycle News is a weekly magazine that covers all aspects of motorcycling including Supercross, Motocross and MotoGP as well as new motorcycles

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2014 SEASON PREVIEW MOTOGP PREVIEW P38 BY MICHAEL SCOTT PHOTOGRAPHY BY GOLD & GOOSE M otoGP 2014-style was meant to be bigger and bet- ter than ever before, with an unprecedented 19 races scheduled, spanning Europe and the Americas, with stop-offs in Japan, South-East Asia and Australia. One of those races – the revived Brazilian GP – is in serious doubt, however. But the rest look ready to rumble. The run from March to November will decide the 56th MotoGP World Championship. It will determine oth- er things besides. Most importantly it will decide the technical profile of the future, in the first year of "Open" class sub-factory production racers. Looking forward at the end of last season, there were only three clear candidates for the title, and all Spanish. • Double champion and now de- fender Jorge Lorenzo, drawing yet deeper on his reserves of precision and courage to take the complete maximum out of his Yamaha. • Dashing new boy Marc Mar- quez, who slid and scintillated to a maiden championship win last year, youngest ever, and with a chance on his second Repsol Honda year to become the second-youngest as well. BRING IT MOTOGP HAS SOME NEW RULES, BETTER PRODUCTION RACERS AND THE SAME OLD MARC MARQUEZ…

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