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GP Week : Issue 35
HIGH SIDES n Valentino Rossi’s penchant for pantomime prevailed at the FIM awards on the night after the Valencia GP. He donned a Blues Brothers suit, string tie and hat for presentation of the World Championship. Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa were also honoured, while his team- mate Jorge Lorenzo won Rookie of the Year. n Singapore is being considered as a MotoGP venue, according to Dorna chief Carmelo Ezpeleta … but only once they have built a permanent circuit. Brazil may also make a return, if the circuit at Interlagos circuit at Sao Paulo can be altered for safety. The Rio track has been destroyed for a sports stadium. n Sete Gibernau’s return to MotoGP at Valencia tests left the double title runner- up slow but smiling. “The others are too fast for me to follow at the moment. They’re all pretty sure of what they’re doing, and I’m not yet.” Gibernau pledged his satellite Ducati team return meant he was coming back to race, not just to make up numbers. n Numbers have been shuffled in MotoGP. Sete Gibernau’s favourite 15 was already being used by Alex de Angelis, so Sete chose 59, commemorating the year his grandfather Don Paco Bulto set up the Bultaco factory. But this was new boy Niccolò Canepa’s old number. He’s switched to 88, the year of his birth. 14 Hayden puts new ‘Duke’ on top in wet NICKY Hayden was fastest in the wet on the second day of Valencia testing, ending his first two days with the Italian factory on a high note. The move to Ducati could make or break the 2006 champion’s career. The American started his association with the Desmosedici in sombre mood, after a single session on the 2008 GP8 Ducati, then switching to next year’s GP9. Both bikes had American flag paintwork, and Hayden also deployed a new sticker, reading: ‘Chapter 2’! “I didn’t have any trouble getting out of bed this morning,” he quipped after the first day. But he looked deeply serious as he sat in the pit with younger brother Roger Lee during the morning, and described the first day as “very intense”. “I didn’t make hardly any adjustments,” he said, deeming it more important to get acquainted with the bike and his new Italian crew in the first days. The most impressive thing about the bike, he said, was its acceleration. Hayden’s results have been on the slide since his title year in 2006, partly because he could hardly fit on the 800cc Ducati, designed more around the diminutive Pedrosa. The new-generation bikes were also less amenable to his tail- sliding style, forged on the US dirt tracks. Some paddock observers think the more wayward Ducati handling might suit him better. On Tuesday Nicky was the fastest of seven riders who went out later in the afternoon, less than a tenth ahead of Dovizioso on the factory Honda, and half-a-second ahead of Melandri. Nicky’s wet prowess has come through sheer application, after arriving in GPs with little experience: “I remember a lot of afternoons at testing when it rained and everyone else went back to the hotel while we stayed on,” he said, adding: “I would regard it as a compliment to be called a wet specialist.”