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GP Week : Issue 32
HIGH SIDES n Colin Edwards may yet be replaced in the Tech 3 Yamaha team next year. TheAmerican (above) has had a stern dressing down from factory bosses for his poor results in the second half of the season. He was told he may be shifted to World Superbikes in a swap with the factory’s latest signing there, American triple-champion Ben Spies. n British 125 bright hope Bradley Smith has confirmed he has signed to join the successful Aspar 125 team next year, with a possible move to 250s with the same team the year after. This is in spite of unexpectedly poor results in a crash-happy 2008 season with the Polaris World 125 team. n Even MotoGP rookies will be facing familiar ground at next weekend’s Malaysian GP. The Sepang circuit is a favourite test venue. According to Hayden: “Last year we did three tests and a race there, so the nearby airport hotel is like your second home. We spend about four weeks a year there. You walk in and it’s scary because the people know you.” n Italian 125 racer Raffaele de Rosa is the prime candidate to take Kallio’s place in the official Red Bull KTM 250 team next year. De Rosa’s best finish this year has been ninth, on a 125 KTM. 12 ADVERTISE in GPWEEK to access a huGE global audience Puig ans ALBERTO Puig, who has been blamed for Dani Pedrosa’s mid-season tyre switch and for discord within the factory Honda team, has blasted Nicky Hayden in an extraordinary gloves-off interview with the official MotoGP website. The Spanish former 500cc GP winner, whose career was effectively cut short by a horror crash at Le Mans in 1995, criticised the American for simply tagging on Pedrosa’s coat-tails for bike settings, put the blame on him for a lack