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GP Week : Issue 21
>>Moto GPnews Spaniards on the mend THE two injured Spanish arch rivals Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo – who earlier in the season shared the championship lead – are both expecting to be back at full strength when racing resumes at next month’s Czech Republic GP, at Brno on August 17. Fiat Yamaha’s Lorenzo has ankle injuries after yet another heavy high-side crash, on the first lap of the US GP. It was his sixth big high-side of the season, and the fourth time he has crashed out of a race. The 21-year- old Majorcan’s falls came after qualifying on pole and finishing on the rostrum for the first three races, including a clear victory at round three. Pedrosa pulled out of the US GP, too weak as a result of wrist and ankle injuries sustained the weekend before, when he crashed out of a massive lead of the German GP at high speed. Lorenzo’s crash did not exacerbate any previous ankle injuries, but broke third, fourth and fifth metatarsals in his right foot. The fractures were set, and 10 days complete rest prescribed. It would be, Lorenzo told Pressmen, a good chance to watch the Tour de France on television. He was treated at the Dexeus Institut in Barcelona, where he has become quite a regular, in the care of Dr Xavier Mir. Dr Mir Doohan, Burgess back Rossi RACING’s old guard has sprung to the defence of Valentino Rossi after Casey Stoner’s controversial attack after the US GP. Rossi’s crew chief Jerry Burgess was quick to defend his rider against accusations of rough tactics; while five-time champion Mick Doohan also spoke up. Both Australians evoked memories of 500cc glory days, when the likes of Schwantz and Rainey were on full attack mode, along with such redoubtable battlers as Wayne Gardner and Doohan himself. “If he’d been watching then, he’d have seen that sort of racing every weekend,” said Burgess. The legendary Australian crew chief shepherded Gardner to his top class title, Doohan to five more, and now Rossi to another five. Doohan likewise saw nothing more in the Laguna race that good hard racing, but also made light of Stoner’s outburst: “It seems a normal sort of thing to say when you have two guys fighting for the championship,” he said. “They both know it’s the results that really matter.” Vermeulen stays, team boss goes? THE Suzuki team has been a hotbed of rumours all year, the first concerning the imminent departure of a disillusioned Chris Vermeulen (apparently false), and others concerning the possibility of him or Capirossi being replaced by Ben Spies. The latest, reported from Laguna, was that team manager Paul Denning’s contract will not be renewed. “It’s the first I’ve heard of it,”he told journalists. 13 also undertook the carpal tunnel surgery to his right arm, to relieve arm-pump, after his Portuguese GP victory; and treated his ankle fractures after the China crash and his concussion and other injuries post-Catalunya. The same busy doctor is treating Pedrosa (22), having also operated on his pre-season wrist injury. The factory Repsol Honda rider injured his right ankle and sustained fractures in his left wrist and a finger when he somersaulted across the gravel and into the air fence at the Sachsenring. After immediate corrective surgery to his wrist, Dani found pain from the freshly- screwed fracture made it impossible for him to ride competitively, and he pulled out of the Laguna Seca race after one day’s practice. Pedrosa returned to Spain for further treatment at the Dexeus clinic. The deadly rivals probably don’t attend joint physio sessions!