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GP Week : Issue 43
letters email us at firstname.lastname@example.org Two out of three ain't bad There is a perception that motorsport can be boring and predictable, but you would have to say that the people who promote that view can only be said to be 33 percent right given the events over this last weekend – where all three of GPWeek's categories had a World Championship round. The only predictable event was, of course Rally Argentina. Best car, best driver, predictable. But how about Jorge Lorenzo – now one out of three or four who could win the MotoGP title? And Formula 1. For the first time in many years, picking a winner is no certainty. Picking pole is almost impossible. And most terrific of all is the fact that McLaren and Ferrari aren't in the frame. What a breath of fresh air the 2009 rules have proven to be, at least in terms of mixing up the established order. Let's freeze th F1 regs as they are now, for 5 years (maybe ban KERS if it is too expensive) and look forward to more of the same. Alan J Hurst Springfield, Illinois More two wheel sport? I enjoy GPWeek, but is there any chance you could cover Superbikes as well as MotoGP? I am a general motorsport fan and like GOOD motorsport, where there is lots of action, and there is not much better racing in 2009 than in the World Superbike Championship. Mary Pietersen Durban, SA ED: We agree, Mary, with your thoughts on Superbikes, but for now GPWeek is concentrating on the three 'premier' categories in international motorsport. Given your criteria, we should perhaps be covering NASCAR too! Short poppies How amazing to see Aussie media which has panned Mark Webber for years suddenly singing his praises now he seems to be in a right car at the right time. Keep it up Mark, hopefully we'll keep them squirming for a bit longer!. Martin Pearson Pennant Hills, Sydney 22 The bump and gr MicHAel scott MotoGP editor With two minutes and eight seconds of video footage, Dorna has taken MotoGP into a new and adult part of town. That of quality soft porn. The clip is on the official MotoGP website, and replays the scenes behind a photo-shoot of Randy de Puniet, his Honda, and one topless model, together in a studio for the LCR team’s new sponsor Playboy Italy. In internet terms, it’s pretty tame. It’s the official Dorna recognition that is more striking. The clip shows Randy helping said model (a feisty piece with an underwear shortage) slip into his leathers, and gazing manfully into the distance while she drapes herself in improbable positions over his RC211V. At one point team chief Lucio Cecchinello appears in shot, looking far more pleased with himself than he really should. This clip has been on the LCR web-site for some weeks, by way of celebrating this new sponsorship from an apparently untapped new area. What’s new is Dorna’s seal of approval. And a video that sits oddly among the usual diet of short clips of riders either falling off or giving sterile interviews after getting buttonholed unexpectedly in the paddock. From the start – it was announced at Jerez tests, and at first just for three races – the Playboy backing triggered snigger- snigger comments: (“Can’t wait to see the grid girls”) and headlines: ‘HEFNER GETS RANDY’. It all went quiet at Qatar: bunny-girls on hold in deference to the local Sharia law. But now Dorna has taken its pants down. And doubtless hit a bulls-eye with the target audience. Air New Zealand will Meet the Credit Cru MArtin HolMes rallies editor IF ever there was a case of good coming from bad it is the Petter Solberg Rally Team. After years of frustrated frowns on Petter Solberg’s brow, this year has seen startling changes – smiles, laughter, happiness. His new rally team has achieved a miracle! Amazingly, the Petter Solberg Rally Team would never have happened but for the global credit crisis. But for the financial events of the end of 2008 the Subaru World Rally Team would still be going strong and Petter would never have been left wondering where his future would lie. Petter’s new team director Ken Rees explains: “Maybe the financial situation was not good for the world or the sport but it was good for Petter. When he heard the news that SWRT would stop rallying he sat tight and did nothing, but after Christmas the shock had worn off and he got going. In three weeks he had put together everything that was necessary to go World Championship rallying. “We could all tell that Petter was never going to let the credit crisis stop his rallying and I think it is simply due to his enthusiasm that he has got the commercial backing that he has.” His team is pretty much a family thing, run by himself, his wife Pernilla and a select gathering of friends in Norway. The first challenge was to decide what sort of car to run. As soon as he heard that the team would stop he went to Japan and pleaded for the chance to run a Subaru himself, but that was not going to happen. He had to look elsewhere. It was obviously going to be a opinion opinion