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GP Week : Issue 35
HIGH SIDES n Yamaha’s sponsorship contract with Fiat ends this year, and the downturn in car sales mean it may not be renewed. Sources say that Malaysian petrol company Petronas may pick up the Rossi/Lorenzo factory team. n Casey Stoner’s much- vaunted wrist surgery was performed in Italy on Thursday and the rider discharged from hospital on Friday. Orthopaedic hand specialist Antonio Landi used arthroscopic surgery to removed two floating bodies and the staple inserted in 2005, and the damaged scaphoid was repaired with a bone graft. n Will there be control tyres for the 250- replacement class of production-based 600s? Rumours suggest that Michelin might be in line to supply them – a slap in the face for Dunlop, which dominates the 250s. Further rumours say that 600s and 250s will race in the same class in 2010, as happened with 500s and 990s in the first MotoGP four-stroke year of 2002. n Long-serving crew chief Fiorenzo Fanali has quit GP racing after 40 years. The Italian has spannered for factory teams from MV Agusta in the 1970s to Kawasaki in 2008, adding in Cagiva and Yamaha in between. n After barely two years in office, HRC president Masao Hamane is to retire next summer, to be replaced by Tetsuo Suzuki. Hamane has presided over a troubled period, especially with the controversy over Pedrosa’s mid-season switch to Bridgestone. 12 ADVERTISE in GPWEEK to access a huGE global audience Rossi eyes Superbikes as the MotoGP talent drain continues! VALENTINO Rossi made enquiries about taking part in the last Superbike race of the season, held at the new Portimao circuit in Portugal yesterday (Sunday). But the plan came to nothing, and his chance at some close-combat racing went with it. The approach was revealed after the Valencia race by his crew chief Jerry Burgess. Apart from perhaps a chance to meet up again with his old rival Max Biaggi, Valentino was attracted by the chance of some real racing, after a sterile and relatively processional MotoGP season. Last-lap battles and close finishes are a regular event in the production-based series, but have been a real rarity in MotoGP since the start of the 800cc era. The last time there was a change of leaders on the last lap was at Portugal in 2006. Meanwhile, Shinya Nakano is the latest high-level GP rider to move to Superbikes to finish his career. He joins not only Biaggi but also Carlos Checa, who won two Superbike races this year. Nakano had hoped to stay in MotoGP with a proposed new Kawasaki team but, while the factory was keen, the Spanish sponsors put a stop on the idea, throwing the future of the team into doubt. The Japanese veteran’s next best offer was as a test rider for Honda. “I prefer to carry on racing,” he said. Nakano will join Biaggi in the new Aprilia World Superbike team. Rossi is contracted to Yamaha in MotoGP next year, and a full-time switch after that is considered unlikely. However there were strong rumours that former double Superbike champion Colin Edwards was to be drafted back to the series, with Yamaha’s new SBK signing to be moved to the Tech 3 MotoGP team in his place. It is not only riders who are increasingly interested in crossing the divide between MotoGP and SBK. As well as Aprilia, BMW will be entering Superbikes next year; while KTM are pencilled in for 2010.