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Indianapolis Preview: MotoGP summer break round-up

Many teams have been hard at work over the MotoGP summer break.
Many teams have been hard at work over the MotoGP summer break.
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by Daniel Mackrell

Even though there haven't been any races over the last few weeks, there has still been plenty of drama going on in the world of MotoGP during the summer-break.

The build up to this weekend's return to MotoGP action with the Indianapolis Grand Prix continues, and it's time to take a look at what the teams have been up to in preparation for the second half of the season, and beyond.

Honda

Current MotoGP leader Marc Marquez has been a huge talking point for most of the season so far, after having such a great start to his rookie season in the top league.

The 20-year-old rider recently said that he is surprised at his current success, and also revealed his mid-season preparations.

The team at Honda have been hard at work over this break, and have been testing their bikes at Motegi, Japan.

One of the test riders was former MotoGP champion Casey Stoner, and this move sparked speculation that he could be making a return to the tracks, but sadly the 27 year-old has since denied a comeback is on the cards.

Meanwhile, Repsol Honda rider, Dani Pedrosa revealed late last month that he has suffered a complete collarbone fracture.

The Spaniard was still able to finish fifth at Laguna Seca while carrying the injury, and will be hoping that a few weeks of rest will help him going into the second half of the season.

LCR Honda has also announced that Stefan Bradl has signed a new deal, keeping him with the team until 2014.

There were concerns that rider could be on his way out, but after finishing second at Laguna Seca, it seems the team's faith has been restored in the 23-year-old.

Yamaha

Current world champion Jorge Lorenzo has revealed that he is still not fully fit after suffering an injury to his collarbone.

The Spanish rider has not let the injury hold him back, raced at Laguna Seca despite the injury, and was also on a bike for Yamaha's private summer testing session at Brno.

Meanwhile, Valentino Rossi has said he is committed to Yamaha after rumours circulated that he plans to join Suzuki in 2015.

Rossi also confirmed that Yamaha have spent the summer testing the seamless shift gearbox (SSG) which was first introduced by Honda back in 2011.

Yamaha has been quietly perfecting their version of the SSG, and are expected to introduce the technology next season.

Yamaha Tech 3 has agreed a two-year deal with Moto 2's Pol Espagaro, which starts next season, but in the meantime, the 22-year-old will be hoping to overtake current Moto 2 leader Scott Redding to win the championship.

Ducati

However, it wasn't all good news for Yamaha, as their Tech 3 team are set to lose a valuable rider at the end of the season.

Cal Crutchlow has agreed a two-year deal with Ducati, which will begin in 2014.

The 27-year-old rider put an end to speculation linking him to a variety of teams, and Crutchlow will become the first British rider to race for a factory team since 2004.

Cal will take Nicky Hayden's seat, as Ducati confirmed that the American will be moving on at the end of the season, although hopes remain that he will still race for Ducati in some capacity.

The rest of the news

Also over the summer break, current Moto2 leader Scott Redding announced that he will be making the move up to the top league next season, but the British rider hasn't revealed which team he will be joining.

The Grand Prix Commission has revealed new rules that will be put in place from next season, which includes allowing teams to have up to four riders.

Suzuki's team continued their preparations for their 2015 return to MotoGP by doing some testing in Japan, and the team feel they have taken a lot from the sessions.

With the second half of the MotoGP season getting under way, and a host of changes set to take effect next season, it looks like a great time to be a MotoGP fan.

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