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GP Week : Issue 212
Two of MotoGP’s more contentious issues, flag-to-flag races and the use of artificial grass, are to be examined by the MotoGP safety Commission. A wet race at Aragon saw Valentino Rossi and Andre Iannone take heavy falls that were attributed, at least in part, to the use of artificial grass on the exit of corners. The MotoGP.com website reports that Dorna Managing Director Javier Alonso has said that the organisation would start discussions with circuits with a view to get Astroturf removed as quickly as possible. The Safety Commission has also discussed the procedures around flag-to-flag races. The system, which allows riders to swap between a bike set up for dry conditions and one set up for wet (or vice versa) was introduced as a means for ensuring that races were completed within a reasonable time frame. Under the previous system, races could be red-flagged and then restarted, leading to lengthy delays in completing events and confusion in the results. Whether this could mean a reintroduction of combined times, in which the multiple ‘parts’ of the race are combined into the single result, in not clear at this time. MOTOGP >>> nEWs at BriEFly » Hiroshi Aoyama was penalised for an incident with a marshal during practice at Motegi. After taking a minor tumble the Japanese rider "struck a marshal on the arm whilst he was recovering his motorcycle in the runoff area.” The FIM said that "This is considered to be an action prejudicial to the interests of the sport." He received a one-point penalty. » Nico Terol will move to the World Superbike Championship next year. Terol, 26, will race for the Althea team after 10 years in GPs. He won the 125cc World Championship in 2011 and won three Moto2 races with Aspar last season. But he has had a tough 2014, with just one points finish. » Two of the most famous names in motorcycle racing will unite next season in Moto3. Valentino Rossi's VR46 Moto3 team has appointed former racer Pablo Nieto as team manager. The son of Angel Nieto will oversee the team’s riders, Romano Fenati and the newly- signed Andrea Migno, the latter sealing the deal with an impressive eighth place at Misano from 22nd on the grid. » Jules Danilo and Niccolo Antonelli will join Team Ongetta-Rivacold for the 2015 Moto3 World Championship. Both will ride Hondas with the full support of HRC. Colin edwards will have one more opportunity to say farewell to his fans when he makes a final MotoGP appearance at Valencia. The Texan will rejoin Forward Racing for the season-ending race, which will be his last in the premier category. edwards, 40, rode for Forward until the Indianapolis race this season, after which it was announced that he would not continue to the end of the year. His seat was taken Alex De Angelis. edwards made his MotoGP debut in 2003 with Aprilia and has raced in 196 events. The Marc VDs Racing Team will step up to the premier MotoGP class in 2015. The current Moto2 points leaders will run a Honda RC213V for Scott Redding, who raced for the team between 2010 and last season in Moto2. Redding is currently racing for the Gresini Honda team on an ‘Open’ Honda. "I would like to say a big thank you to everyone that has helped us to achieve our aim of racing in the premier MotoGP class, with what is clearly the most competitive bike available,” said Michael Bartholemy, Marc VDS’s Team Principal. “Without their help, and the continued support of Marc van der Straten, this move would have remained a dream for us, but now it is a reality. Obviously we are looking forward to welcoming Scott Redding back to the fold next year, but our focus for now must be on the Moto2 World Championship, which we are currently leading with both of our riders." FAREWELL COLIN 2 MARC vDS REDDY(ING) FLAG-TO-FLAG, ASTROTURF UNDER REvIEW Aragon's (and other tracks') Astroturf is to be reviewed. Here, Maverick Vinales avoids the green ... 17 GPWEEK.com // 17 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: