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GP Week : 29-Apr-2008
n ‘Gorgeous’ Jorge Lorenzo has released his official biography at the age of just 20, surely setting a record for such books. ‘Por fuera desde dentro’ (Round the Outside from the Inside) was written over the winter by a Spanish journalist, and tells the nascent superstar’s story up to his two 250 titles of 2006 and 2007. Lorenzo allowed that he might add Part Two in a couple of years. Surgery to his right arm days before didn’t stop Lorenzo attending a signing session for his new book. “It’s still a bit stiff, but the arm is really good,” said the Estoril winner. “I will be able to ride in China, though obviously not at 100 percent.” n Double Assen Superbike winners Troy Bayliss and Max Biaggi are both standing by to test the Ducati Desmosedici, as reported last week, with Biaggi confirming he has agreed to be available for a probably date in May. The beleaguered factory seeks help in solving problems that have clobbered its results. n Bridgestone will have new rear tyres – both construction and compound – for the GP of China, put together in the two- week break following the Portuguese GP. After the race, the Japanese company successfully tested new development directions for rear tyres. n More Indy news: Nicky Hayden is to demonstrate his factory Honda RC212V at the famous Brickyard oval as a curtain raiser to the Indy 500 race. The 'Hayden to race Indy' headlines this engendered were misleading – it’s just a promo run for the first Bike GP there. HIGH SIDES Brakes crucial to China success MOTOGP’s foot soldiers are prepared for the battle of the brakes in China. The distinguishing feature of the circuit is the punishing end to the longest straight of the year, into a slow hairpin bend. It’s hard on the riders, sustaining the G-force – bad news for Estoril winner Lorenzo, recuperating from surgery to his right arm. It’s even harder on tyres. “Because of this feature, it is the most demanding track of the year on front tyres,” says Michelin chief Jean-Philippe Weber. He is in a position to know: two years ago Rossi’s front Michelin shredded under the pressure. And it’s difficult for engineers, who have to find a compromise of extremes: a short and agile bike to deal with the tortuous slow corners of the Shanghai circuit, but one that is stable enough to sustain high speed and extreme braking. Dani Pedrosa, who scored a maiden MotoGP win at Shanghai in 2006, hopes that attention paid to stability under braking in recent tests will help make up for any lack of speed from their machine, the only Japanese bike not to use a pneumatic valve engine.. “The tests should help improve front-end feel and stability under brakes,” said Pedrosa, who is looking for the chance to draw clear of rival Lorenzo, with whom he shares the title lead. 10