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GP Week : Issue 32
>>Moto GPnews Tyre shortage cuts vital test THE crucial first post-season tests at Valencia are expected to be cut back from three days to two – with a likely shortage of tyres the main cause. The race, on October 26, will be the last for Michelin, after the French company declined to tender to supply tyres for next year’s one-tyre rule. At the same time, Bridgestone have not had official confirmation that its tender for supply will be accepted, although there is no other choice. In any case, the Japanese company will not be making the same range of tyres, with race boss Hiroshi Yamada confirming that the “one-tyre-fits-all” rule will mean a lower grade of tyre, and fewer options for the teams. This is a blow for all teams. Valentino Rossi was hoping for swers the critics of communication within the team, and called him “a hypocrite”. The interview followed comments by Hayden, that it was Puig who was really running the Honda team. “He was simply copying as he never knew how to set-up a bike,”said Puig. “A professional rider can’t be complaining because he can’t get access to the other rider’s data, because finding what works best is his job, not the other rider’s.” Continued Puig: “Everybody knows that a racing team doesn’t work like a football team. It involves two riders, but each is working for himself, and the factory will support the rider who has the best chance. Because when it comes to winning, only one rider wins. It has always been like this and it always will be like this – anybody who says the opposite is just lying to look good.” He said that, since the incident in Portugal, Hayden Images used in GPWEEK are shot by the photo-artists at Sutton Images. Posters available of any shot – CLICK HERE for more information had talked to Pedrosa “about twice. He shouldn’t involve Dani’s manager in this just because he’s jealous of another rider.” He said that Hayden’s suggestion that he (Puig) was steering the ship showed a lack of respect for Honda: “In this paddock, anyone who believes he is in charge of anything is simply wrong. Nobody has control over things … results decide everything, and put people in the place they are.” more time on the “2008-point-five” Yamaha prototype, after planned tests at Motegi were rained off. Casey Stoner has put off his bone-graft wrist surgery until after the season, for essential time on next year’s Ducati; while new team- mate Hayden was also looking forward to getting used to his new mount for next year. Suzuki has a new machine to test; while Melandri was expecting time to acquaint himself with the Kawasaki he will ride next year. Likewise new Ducati riders Mika Kallio and Nicolo Canepa. “I think teams are starting to realise that the one-tyre rule may not be the instant cure-all that they were expecting …” said a senior figure in racing management, who asked not to be named. Interested in Aussie V8 Supercars? CLICK HERE to access Australasian Motorsport eNews ... 13