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GP Week : Issue 33
HIGH SIDES n Alex de Angelis was also fined US$1000 in Malaysia, for practising a start when it was forbidden, but 125 race winner Gabor Talmacsi escaped censure when a flag- waving beauty leapt onto the back of his Aprilia for a lift on his cool-down lap. n Long-serving motor- sport figure and team chief Dieter Stappert was mourned with a minute’s silence on race day. Once a Formula One luminary, Stappert’s bike history included running a string of top HB sponsored riders, and currently the Thai Honda team. He suffered a heart attack on the eve of the British GP, and never recovered. n Valentino Rossi had a witty response to some adulation from Brad Pitt, who said in a recent interview that he would like to change places with Valentino. Rossi agreed to the swap, in spite of the responsibility of looking after the actor’s many children: “I’m ready to take care of six kids; to stay with Angelina (Jolie) two or three days,”he said. n Silencer is golden, according to Rizla Suzuki wild card Nobu Aoki. He raced at the weekend with a massive end-can on his exhaust, as used at the factory test track to comply with noise regulations. It improved the performance, he said. n Rossi will lead a galaxy of motorcycling talent in the just-for-fun Monza Rally Show after the season. As well as his father Graziano racing a Mustang, Lorenzo, de Angelis, Simoncelli, Fabrizio Lai and Valentino’s side-kick Uccio will also take part. 14 KTM withdraws from 250 racing AUSTRIAN manufacturer KTM has announced it is to pull out of the 250 class, in advance of the rule-change that will outlaw its two- stroke 250cc contender. A statement on the eve of the Malaysian GP confirmed the withdrawal, after four years in the class. The orange bikes, currently sponsored by fellow-Austrian company Red Bull, will concentrate on the 125 class, where KTM currently fields a factory team as well as supplying satellite teams sponsored by Repsol, ISPA and Onde 2000. “We have decided for the GP 125 cc class because, contrary to the 250cc class, its existence is secured in the medium to long term,”KTM racing boss Winfried Kerschhlaggl said. KTM’s race engineer Harald Bartol has been a vocal critic of the switch from 250 two-strokes to 600cc production-based four- strokes, making the comparison between “a race-horse and a donkey”. Bartol introduced partial fuel-injection in the 125 class, and for the 250, which is basically a doubled-up 125. Rider Mika Kallio led the 250 World Championship in the early part of the season, and has scored three wins. He moves to MotoGP with Ducati next year. Second factory rider Hiro Aoyama, who took the marque’s first two wins in 2006 and two more last year, was shocked by the news and the termination of a two-year contract halfway through. The Red Bull factory 125 team will pin its faith on Marc Marquez, a rookie in the Repsol KTM team this year, and former Red Bull Rookie and current Dorna Academy star, American Cameron Beaubier. KTM also supplies machines for the 125 Red Bull Rookies Cup, and to the Red Bull Dorna Academy. Marquez was flown home to Spain after a horror crash in practice for the Malaysian GP. The teenager had both legs trapped between the back wheel and the chassis of his machine after an otherwise innocuous crash. It took 20 minutes to free him, after mechanics rushed to the scene to remove the wheel. He suffered cartilage damage, but no fractures.