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GP Week : Issue 211
sighs of relief were heard around the world last week when Valentino Rossi declared himself fit after a fall at Aragon. The Doctor had to see doctors after falling from his Yamaha on the fourth lap of the 23-lap race. His Yamaha went within millimetres of hitting Dani Pedrosa’s Honda and ran off the track, flinging the veteran onto the tarmac. Rossi visited Alcaniz hospital for a CT scan on sunday, and had a follow-up check at the MotoGP Clinica Mobile the next morning. “I’m fine, everything is OK, and this is the most important thing,” said Rossi. “I did not injure myself too much except for a big bump to the head. “Last night I had a little headache but today I’m fine, I’m 100 percent.” MOTOGP >>> nEWs at BriEFly » Forward Yamaha looks set to keep its Yamaha M1 frames next year. The team was developing its own units, in light of the probability of losing access to the same frames used on Yamaha’s ‘official’ M1, but it now appears that the Open team will maintain its links to the works bikes. » Jack Miller avoided any penalty for and alleged brake test during Aragon Qualifying. Miller was unhappy about some riders following him during the session and there were some strong words after the session, but his points remain intact. » With his win at Motorland Aragon Maverick Viñales looks to be within reach of bettering the record for the number of points scored by a Moto2 rookie. Viñales now has 204 points. The record score of 251 points was set in 2011 by, inevitably, Marc Marquez. » Niccolo Antonelli will ride with the Ongetta- Rivacold team next year. It will be Antonelli’s fourth year in Moto3, and he will race with the support of the VR46 Riders Academy. » Reports suggest that Moto3’s only female competitor, Ana Carrasco, may not be seen on track again this season. Spanish publication El Mundo reports that the 17-year-old has split with the Dutch RW Racing team, after a part-season that has seen her finish no higher than 20th. The report also says that Carrasco has a deal to race for Aleix Espargaro's RBA Team next year. Loris Baz has been named as the man to join stefan Bradl next season. The 21-year-old Frenchman, who has raced for Kawasaki in the World superbike Championship, was at Aragon last weekend, and was believed to have been finalising details with the team. “It’s a pleasure to welcome Loris Baz in our team,” said Forward Racing team owner Giovanni Cuzari. “He is a young rider who has proved to be fast in World superbikes and we would like to give him the possibility to show his talent also in MotoGP. “I’m very happy to start this new adventure with Loris and bring this new rider in the premier class, continuing our mission of talent scout team alongside of Yamaha.” eugene Laverty has been confirmed as an Aspar MotoGP rider for 2015 season. Laverty, 28, will ride an updated Honda in the Open class for the Spanish team. No teammate has been named by Nicky Hayden is assumed to have a contract with the team, so it appears that the Irishman will replace former 250cc world champion Hiroshi Aoyama in the two-bike team. “Eugene Laverty is a rider we were already in contact with last year, we tried to sign him then and even though we didn’t manage it at the time he is a rider we have been interested in for a long time,” said team principal Jorge Martinez ‘Aspar ’. “I think he is a rider with great potential, he has produced some incredible races in Supersport and Superbikes, and he has a lot of wins on his record with a lot of different manufacturers, which says a lot about his capacity to adapt.” Laverty has raced in the Superbike World Championship since 2011. Previously he raced in World Supersport, finishing second in the championship twice. His only GP experience came when he rode in the 250cc class in 2007-08 with a best result of 13th place, and as a Wildcard in the 125cc British GP in 2004. Ironically, it appears that he will not face his brother in the premier class. Michael Laverty has race with PBM in the last two MotoGP seasons but that team is moving to the British Superbike Championship next season. Laverty could stay with the team but is believed to have other offers to race in the BSB as well. fOrWard Gets that baz sheen laVerty fOr aspar the dOctOr GiVes Us the (GOOd) neWs 18 GPWEEK.com // 18 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: