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GP Week : Issue 1
40 WHAT does one need for success in MotoGP? Right now, it seems a lack of experience is what helps the most. It was a weekend when rookies shone, and class first- timers showed the old hands a thing or two. This is in line with comments from older riders that the new electronic wheelspin and traction control have blunted the challenge of the biggest class. But, since they ride the same machines and have the same facilities, it doesn’t explain why they can’t use their experience to defeat the precocious kids. There were plenty of them up at the sharp end. Three of the top six were MotoGP rookies. And two of them even finished ahead of Rossi – Jorge Lorenzo second, and Andrea Dovizioso fourth. The next one, James Toseland, was inches behind him. It proves two things. The first is that there has been significant engineering progress over the last two years, which is directly applicable to sports road bikes. But the rookie syndrome applied also in the smaller classes, where the electronics are minimal. Mattia Pasini, the 250 winner, was in his first race in the class, after moving up from 125s. And in that smallest class, rank beginner Scott Redding from England found himself fighting for victory, claiming the lap record although consigned to a close fifth. The second is that all of them have massive amounts of talent. – MICHAEL SCOTT Experience pays ... not Catch me, newbies: Here Andrea Dovizioso and James Toseland, both debutants, hound Valentino Rossi. They both finished ahead of him, as did Jorge Lorenzo, left, who surprised everyone with pole position on debut. 40