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GP Week : Issue 39
>>Moto GPnews te changes or CVT transmission, and restricted brake size and wheel rim width variations. More worrying was a ban c on variable exhaust systems, valve timing or valve lift … developments that could have a value for street motorcycles. And the most surprising was a rule banning class rookies from riding for a factory team. They will have to spend the first year in a satellite team. Suzuki and Kawasaki have no satellite teams, and Suzuki team chief Paul Denning was strongly opposed to this suggestion. Lorenzo and Rossi! No more secrets for THE wall may still be in place, dividing the Fiat Yamaha pit in two, but with both Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo now using the same tyres, the block on technical exchanges between the two halves of the factory team has come to an end. “I can look at his data, and he More space in the garage? MotoGP teams won't have a spare bike at their disposal in 2009 ... can look at mine,” said Lorenzo. “This has helped me to adapt to Bridgestone tyres.” The younger rider clearly benefits the most from the arrangement, but Rossi was philosophical. “The information is shared 100 percent. Last year we did not share any data, but this year the computer is open. Every time I want I go on the computer and see Lorenzo’s telemetry, and the same for him, so he has all my settings, data and everything. Like a normal team. “It is an advantage for him, especially for the tyres. But also for me it is interesting sometimes to see his data. “He is very young and very fast,”the defending champion continued, adding with a laugh: “I would prefer it if he was on Michelin tyres again.” The pit wall idea, pioneered by Fiat Yamaha last year and followed by Repsol Honda when their riders started to use different tyres, has caught on at the Tech 3 Yamaha team. Serious hostility between riders Colin Edwards and James Toseland is the reason. After Toseland quietly poached his crew chief at the end of last year, Edwards declared undying hatred … and for Jerez a brand new dividing wall was in place … 17