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GP Week : Issue 41
Qatar wins Race of the Year EYEBROWS were raised, especially in the light of subsequent events, when Qatar was announced as winner of the IRTA trophy for the best race of the year in 2008. The award is voted for by the teams, taking facilities, services and organisation into account. One of the biggest factors, said IRTA president Hervé Poncharal, was the track’s safety, with massive gravel traps and run-off areas. Rossi was one who expressed surprise at the award, nominating Mugello as his personal race of the year. “This is the best GP for the quiet in the paddock,” he joked. “But sincerely for me racing in Jerez or in Mugello with a lot, a lot of people is another atmosphere and is a lot better than here.” Stoner: another operation? ADVERTISE in GPWEEK CASEY Stoner may need further surgery to free up his still troublesome left wrist – but only after the season. An investigation at a Swiss clinic has given him a clue as to the problems he is still having. Stoner had complained of slow healing and continuing problems, although nothing that has affected his performance on the bike. The worst problem is a lack of lateral movement in the wrist. An X-ray has shown that the bone graft is slightly too large, Stoner revealed to pressmen. If it does not wear itself into shape over the coming three months, a further operation might be required to grind the insert down to size. “I’ve still got no more movement, but now I understand why,” said Stoner. “It gave me peace of mind.” to access a huGE global audience 14