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GP Week : Issue 20
ROSSI got the respect, but Edwards got the laughs, as Yamaha tied up its rider line-up for next year, with new contracts announced at Laguna Seca. Rossi’s is for two years, as the main rider for the factory team … one more year than many had expected. His team-mate next year will again be Jorge Lorenzo, in the second year of his contract. Edwards has signed up again with the Tech-3 Yamaha B-team, where he will again partner James Toseland, whose own option for 2009 was exercised way back in April at the Portuguese GP. Rossi’s two-year commitment was welcomed by (among others) Dorna chief Carmelo Ezpeleta, and of course by Yamaha. Rossi brought the manufacturer back to a leading position in racing after moving over from Honda in 2004. Rossi revealed that he had options to move back to Honda and to all-Italian Ducati, but had elected to spend his twilight years where he was already happy, at Yamaha. “The atmosphere in my team and the relationship with all the top guys from Yamaha is fantastic. This is the perfect situation for me,” he said. “I have enough motivation, and I feel good physically and mentally, and I ride well and fast,” he affirmed. And he also made light of the burden of his past success. “After a lot of years in the championship with a lot of victories I need to enjoy [racing], and not just worry about the results. I can also have some fun,” he said. News of Edwards’s renewal with Tech 3 had leaked in advance, and the Texan former double World Superbike champion had the pre-race press conference in fits as usual as he explained how negotiations had been finalised, bringing to an end speculation that he might switch to Kawasaki. “The deciding factor was probably in Sachsenring when Hervé (Poncharal – Tech 3 principal) came to my motor home, and he was on his hands and knees and he was crying a little bit and he was just begging me to stay, and he pulled his wallet out and he had five Euros in it. And I took it.” New Yamaha contracts for Rossi … and Edwards America’s finest honoured at home WITH a surge of yet more flag-waving national pride, a galaxy of American 500cc champions and one from MotoGP were honoured at Laguna with presentation of Dorna’s new-this-year ‘Champion’s Towers’. Between them, they made the USA the second most successful racing nation in the premier class. At a top table groaning with talent and history, the seven champions ranged from pioneer and first winner Kenny Roberts (three titles) to the most recent, Nicky Hayden (one). Between they could count 15 500cc/MotoGP crowns, and one in the 250 class. “I must have done something, to be included,” quipped Roberts. Triple winners Wayne Rainey and Freddie Spencer (one of his a 250) were also present, along with one-time champions Kevin Schwantz, Kenny Roberts Junior and Hayden. The first ever US GP winner, Pat Hennen, was not present, but between his first in 1976 and today Americans have taken 153 GP wins in the top class. Only Italy has more at 207, but they have almost two decades of advantage, having started with the birth of the series in 1949. As significant, among the statistics, is that at 47 USA has three more GP one-two finishes than Italy, and 21 one-two-three finishes compared to just 13. The trophies are smaller replicas of the World Championship trophy, to celebrate the 60th year of the World Championship. One time MotoGp Champion Nicky Hayden gets the star treatment from actor Tom Cruise Valentino Rossi having a laugh with Yamaha engineering guru Masao Furusawa ... Rossi says he is enjoying the atmosphere at Yamaha M oto GP news >> 14