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GP Week : Issue 215
Bradley smith impressed this year with Tech 3 but the Briton led one category he did not want; the most falls for 2015. smith came off his Monster- sponsored Yamaha a total of 16 times over the 18 rounds to take the unwanted title. His worst weekend came in Germany, when he tumbled five times. “I had a few grands prix where I made bad decisions. Where I just started to ignore warning signs and feedback. But sometimes you have to be in that desperate place,” he said. “I was trying to secure my ride. I knew that I could and I believed that riding through dangerous situations is the way to do it. It wasn’t and it’s not a smart move! It creates more problems than it’s worth. But it’s a tough one to find the balance sometimes.” It was a tight battle for second in the ‘category’, with Pol espargaro, Alvaro Bautista and Andrea Iannone, all hitting the tarmac 14 times. At the other end of the scale Jorge Lorenzo fell only twice during the entire MotoGP season. Danilo Petrucci and Nicky Hayden fell four times apiece, but both those riders missed races because of injuries. Andrea Dovizioso (4) and Valentino Rossi (5) were next. But smith has nothing on Moto2 racer sam Lowes. He came off his bike no less than 25 times to take class ‘honours’ from Axel Pons (22) and sandro Cortese (20). Karel Hanika was the top faller in Moto3 with 24 crashes, ahead of Niccolo Antonelli (22) and scott Deroue (15). MOTOGP >>> nEWs at BriEFly » Spain’s three World Champions have received a hero’s welcome at home – and met royalty. Marc Marquez, Tito Rabat and Alex Marquez all attended the Zarzuela Palace in Madrid last week and were received by His Majesty King Felipe VI. The ceremony was also attended by the CEO of Dorna Sports, Carmelo Ezpeleta, President of the Superior Sports Council, Miguel Cardenal and President of the Royal Spanish Motorcycling Federation, Angel Viladoms. » MotoGP has announced a new sponsorship deal with Liqui Moly. The oil will become the Official Oil Supplier to Moto2 and Moto3, and teams in those categories will only be permitted to use Liqui Moly lubricants. » Mick Doohan is making a comeback – but only on four wheels. The five-time 500cc world champion will race at next month’s Race Of Champions in Barbados. It will be Doohan’s sixth appearance in the event, in which he will partner Australian V8 Supercar star Jamie Whincup in the Nations Cup. » Cal Crutchlow has undergone a surgery. The Briton had a play removed from his collarbone, after fracturing it in 2011. Crutchlow is expected to travel to the US for a training camp next week, and will resumed testing after the test ban ends in February. » Fabio Quartararo has wasted no time getting to grips with World Championship Moto3. The two-time Spanish CEV Moto3 Champion completed 127 laps in two days’ testing at Valencia. Quartararo, 15, will race for Estrella Galicia Honda alongside fellow GP rookie Jorge Navarro next season. smiTH in THe Black on THe Black GPWeeK’s MotoGP editor Michael scott again has his imprimateur all over MotoGP’s pre-eminent annual, Motocourse, which is already in print and expected to be available “in plenty of time for the Christmas season” (ie early December). With 296 glossy pages, Motocourse covers MotoGP, superbikes, TT, the AMA series, British superbikes, sidecars, along with Tech analysis and more. For more information go to: www.autocourse.com GOING THE FULL (MOTO)COURSE 18 GPWEEK.com // 18 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: