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GP Week : Issue 32
Teams in turmoil W hat is a racing team? Does it comprise a unit dedicated to a common goal? Should it do so? One look at the factory teams of Yamaha and most especially Honda give a different answer: one more in line with the racers’ old adage: “The first person you have to beat is your own team-mate”. The division at Yamaha was physical: in 2008 incumbent superstar Rossi and new boy Lorenzo have been on different makes of tyre, the former on 40 Bridgestone and class rookie Lorenzo on Michelin. By decree of the tyre companies, the pit had to be divided to avoid sensitive information passing between one and the other. This was managed with a reasonable degree of amicability at Yamaha, and no public rifts. Honda’s pit eventually echoed the same physical division, after Dani Pedrosa’s extraordinary mid-season Michelin to Bridgestone move. But the split had existed long before the wall down the middle of the pit. And in fact predated even the arrival For the first time in many years, there were barriers down the middle of team garages in 2008.MICHAEL SCOTT investigates of Pedrosa. This is contrary to the opinion expressed by Dani’s manager and erstwhile crew chief Alberto Puig (see separate news story), that the now ill- concealed enmity between the pair dates back to the 2006 incident, when Pedrosa knocked Hayden off in the penultimate round in Portugal, losing him the lead in the World Championship. In fact, Hayden had endured difficult team-mate problems and a non-interventionist Honda policy from the previous year, when Max Biaggi spent a fruitless season as team leader. Back then, the troublesome Italian demanded exclusive access to his pit guru Erv Kanemoto, and refused to share setting information with his much less experienced team-mate. Through the years, questions have been asked about Honda’s policy within the team. Questions that peaked with the Pedrosa friendly fire incident at Estoril, and resurfaced with a vengeance with this year’s tyre switch, at Misano in Italy. At the lively Press conference