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GP Week : Issue 43
Row looms as sidelined riders fe A confrontation between angry riders and MotoGP management could be looming, unless speedy action is taken to amend new rules that Rossi and other riders have branded ‘dangerous’. One potential flash point is the restriction two just two compounds by the new tyre rules. Another is the radical cut in practice time. A third point, also dubbed a safety risk, is the restriction to one bike per rider next year. Allied to weather problems at the opening two rounds – both rescheduled against riders’ advice – the mood of rebellion is growing. Stoner even made a veiled threat to quit MotoGP, telling Pressmen who asked if he agreed with Rossi’s assessment: “Yeah, personally … thinking about whether we even want to race, y’know, in this championship.” Combined with Rossi’s known interest in a foray into World Superbikes, this Engine supply delay as Moriwaki goes through the Moto2 motions A week after it became certain that the new 600cc four-strokes will take over from the 250s next season, famed Japanese tuning house Moriwaki revealed its proposed MotoGP entry at Motegi, to keen interest from teams and potential entrants. But at the same time, it was revealed that the MSMA has had more than one offer to be the sole engine supplier, prompting a delay in the announcement which had been 16 expected next week. Dorna chief Carmelo Ezpeleta spent the run up to the Japanese race on a whistle- stop tour of the Japanese factories, seeking support for the new class. Rumours abounded as to which factories had shown interest, centring on Kawasaki and Honda (and even a bizarre joint venture between them). The Moriwaki MD-600, a thoroughly convincing looking little racer, is fitted with a Honda CBR600 motor, but can easily be adapted. It will be offered for sale with or without an engine fitted. But boss-man Mamoru Moriwaki is a staunch opponent of the single-engine proposal. “Racing isn’t about winning and losing, but about engineering so that all manufacturers can take part,”he said. The advance of the death of the 250s by one year is generally accepted if not officially confirmed.