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GP Week : Issue 208
MOTOGP >>> nEWs 2016 GRID TAKEs shAPE The grid for MotoGP in 2015 looks much clearer than it did a month ago, with some big moves being confirmed in the last four weeks. Following the renewed deals for Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa at Repsol Honda and Valentino Rossi at Yamaha, the biggest remaining ‘move’ was not a move at all, with Jorge Lorenzo (left) committing to Yamaha for two more years. Lorenzo is in his seventh year with the team, so the move was one of the most predictable in the pitlane. Ducati will go into next season with Andrea Iannone joining Andrea Dovizioso on its all-new works GP15s. Cal Crutchlow, who joined Ducati Corse from Tech 3 Yamaha at the end of last year, will exit the team at the end of the season to replace Stefan Bradl at LCR Honda, the German taking the seat vacated by Colin Edwards at Forward Racing. Edwards confirmed his retirement after the Indianapolis GP, his seat filled for the remainder of the season by Alex de Angelis. The rest of the grid largely requires confirmation, but it seems likely that Suzuki will sign star Moto 2 rookie Maverick Vinales and Aleix Espargaro to ride its new machines, while Alvaro Bautista has been strongly linked to a new Aprilia entry. Marco Melandri and Eugene Laverty appear to be the leading candidates to join him, that Laverty has also been linked to the Iannone Pramac Ducati seat. Gresini Honda looks set to run its bikes for Scott Redding and Jack Miller, the Moto3 points leader looking set to jump straight into the premier category after Marc VDS’s Michael Bartholemy said recently the Aussie would not be joining its Moto2 team next season. at BriEFly » Red Bull is taking a bigger role with Repsol Honda. The Austrian sports drink giant has announced that it will expand its sponsorship of the team for 2015 and ‘16, and the Red Bull logo will appear on the team’s Honda RC213V machines for the first time. » It may not happen now that the magic spell has been broken – but there were suggestions in the pitlane at Indy that Marc Marquez was considering throwing his leg over a Moto2 bike and racing in both categories at Valencia... » Marc Marquez’s winning streak stopped at 10, and in doing so, he ties with Mick Doohan for the most consecutive race wins in the premier category. The Australian legend set the record in 1997. » Valentino Rossi set a record of his own at Indy. The Italian became the first man to score 4000 points in the premier category. » Kalex has matched Suter as Moto2’s winningest constructor. Tito Rabat’s Brno win was the 30th for Kalex, tying it with Suter for the most wins in the category. Silverstone looms as something of a tie-breaker... » Nico Terol will miss the Silverstone round of Moto2. Terol, 25, has been suffering with extreme fatigue and elevated testosterone levels for some time and has endured a miserable season with the Mapfre Aspar team, scoring points in only one race. He has been undergoing treatment for late onset lactose intolerance, the same condition that affected Casey Stoner during the 2009 season. » Fabio Quartararo will be free to race in next year’s Moto3 World Championship, providing he wins the Spanish CEV title. The French teen currently leads the championship, which he won last year, but current rules dictate that only riders 16 and older can compete in the World Championship. Quartararo, who races for the same Emilio Alzamora-run Estrella Galicia 0.0 Junior Team that runs Hondas in Moto3 for Alex Marquez and Alex Rins, will turn 16 in April. 17 GPWEEK.com // 17 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: