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GP Week : Issue 39
HIGH SIDES n The manufacturers’ association, the MSMA, has proposed a single engine rule for Moto2, the 250 class replacement planned to take over next season, reviving an element of the original plan that was ditched in favour of free choice of production- based 600cc engines. “The idea’s come back because of the financial crisis,” said MSMA spokesman Takenao Tsubouchi. “A single engine supplier would offer cost stability and more fairness.”Manufacturers will be asked to submit tenders for supply. n Fully resurfaced, the Jerez circuit won an unqualified thumbs up from riders: “They have taken away almost all the bumps … and the tarmac has incredible grip. If only every track made a job like this,” said Valentino Rossi. n Rumours that new Superbike recruit John Hopkins would be abandoning his Stiggy Honda team to return to MotoGP on a third Tech 3 Yamaha were scotched by team chief Hervé Poncharal. “There was a suggestion when Monster came to us as a new sponsor, but I had two riders already contracted. There is no chance we will run a third bike. More likely we would cut back to just one,” he said, only half joking. n Both factory Ducati riders Stoner and Rossi seem set to use the new carbon- fibre swing-arm, introduced at earlier tests, with the latest carbon fibre frame. Both said there is little difference in performance, but “it seems like the way forward,” said Stoner. 16 One-bike rule heads raft of lat A swathe of new rules, mainly aimed at cutting costs, was announced at Jerez after a meeting of the GP commission, attended also by FIM president Vito Ippolito. And although not unexpected, some remained controversial and triggered furious debate. The most difficult dictates each rider will have just one machine for each event. Others cut the engine allocation to six for the full season, limit pit workers to five per bike during practice sessions, and add two kilogrammes to the minimum weight – so that a four- cylinder motorcycle must now weigh no less than 150 kg. The one-bike rule caused the most concern. As Valentino Rossi said: “What happens if a rider crashes in the first minute of qualifying and damages his bike? He will have to start from the back of the grid.” Another concern is the effect on wet races, which after years of effort had evolved to a flag- to-flag format. If conditions changed, riders were permitted to switch to a spare bike set up for the wet. This will no longer be possible, raising the spectre of the return of unpopular and overly complicated interrupted races. “It’s a pity – those wet race changes were kinda fun,” said Nicky Hayden. A proposal to cut each event from three days to two was not passed, but the schedule is expected to be cut still further. Other rule changes banned exotic metal- or fibre-matrix composites, tubular connecting rods, tyre temperature sensors, twin-system clutches, automatic