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GP Week : Issue 14
THE most comprehensive ever camera coverage of MotoGP racing made its debut at Catalunya, with every bike carrying at least three on- board mini-cams, and seven others carrying a fourth. Standard angles are forward, back and tail- mounted (for those intimate views of Rossi tugging at the seat of his leathers). New angles include Rossi’s clutch hand, Pedrosa’s throttle and front brake, the front tyres of Stoner and Edwards, and for some reason Capirossi’s right knee. These angles (especially the fascinating rider’s right hand) were pioneered as long ago as the early 1990s, at the Australian GP at Eastern Creek, borrowing techniques from ‘stump-cams’ developed to enliven cricket coverage. Technology has improved considerably since then. Dorna’s achievement is in the numbers of cameras. The largesse extends to the 250 class, with the four top runners each having a pair of cameras. Given the close racing, it is high time the 125 class had some more. A camera for every angle n Hector Barbera is the latest Aprilia rider to try traction control, pioneered two races ago by Alex Debon. But he complained it had distracted his effort. “We did a lot of tests this weekend on traction control, but maybe didn’t spend enough time on tyres,” he said, after losing touch with the leaders in the closing laps. n There’s no stopping Spanish MotoGP fans. A crowd of 113,000 made it to the Catalunyan circuit in spite of transport strikes blocking access roads. Track workers and Press made a 5:30am start to avoid possible road-blocks. n Five more years of Rossi? His rivals shuddered as Valentino suggested he might continue racing “until I am 34 or 35.” He is now 29, and edging closer to renewing his contract with Yamaha for next year at least. n Casey Stoner’s pole position was his first so far this season. This time last year, he also had only one pole, but he went on to add another four. n Australian battler Anthony West has not lost his sense of humour. Caught by the TV cameras on the back of the grid, he signalled that they should run the race in reverse direction. This would put him on pole. HIGH SIDES 12