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GP Week : Issue 45
HIGH SIDESv n The silly season has started early, with new rumours of rider signings in the wake of the Pedrosa/Lorenzo speculation at Jerez. Both Suzuki’s riders are out of contract for 2010, but the team has denied it is trying to regain the services of current star SBK rookie and Monza winner Ben Spies. Marco Simoncelli is another target for several teams. n Whatever, new contracts for 2010 will be a lot smaller than this time last year, affirms IRTA president Hervé Poncharal. “We have been through a time of inflation with the tobacco companies, and riders’ salaries were inflated also.” He predicts most riders will face cuts of 50 percent or more. n The curse of John Hopkins continued for US racer Jake Zemke, one-race World Superbike stand-in for the re- injured luckless ex-MotoGP racer. Zemke managed a lowly 18th and 20th in Italy. n Ten Kate Honda have denied rumours that they would be contracted by Honda to provide service and maintenance for next year’s Moto2 engines, based on the CBR600RR engines. This affirms current plans for teams to perform their own maintenance, with the possible reintroduction of a claiming rule. n 21 years after some riders missed morning warm-up because of circuit traffic jams, Jerez’s major reconstruction works came together at last weekend’s GP, thanks to extensive new paved car-parks and a system preventing traffic from ever crossing. Traffic moved freely this year in spite of claimed record crowds. n The crowd figures claimed – 263,648 for the weekend, and 123,340 on race day – were not only a record for the event itself, but also made it the biggest motorsport crowd so far in 2010. What credit crunch? 14 Team trying to solve ‘second-ri Bayliss to test THREE-TIME World Superbike champion and one-time MotoGP race winner Troy Bayliss is to test the Desmosedici GP9 at the Italian GP circuit of Mugello, as the factory continues to seek the key to help solve the problems suffered now by two second riders in a row. The Australian sealed his retirement at the end of last year with his third Superbike crown. Among the SBK titles he’d had an up-and-down MotoGP career, dicing with Rossi in his first year on the new Desmosedici, slumping on a Honda, then returning as a wildcard to run away with the final 990cc GP at Mugello in 2006. Now, in his first trip back to the tracks, Bayliss was at the Ducati pit in Monza to watch Fabrizio and Haga go one-two in the first Superbike race. This week, he is to put his leathers on and join regular tester Vittoriano Guareschi in putting more test miles on the bike at the circuit, just over the Apennines from the Bologna factory. Ducati’s race chiefs remain puzzled at a second strong rider in succession spectacularly failing to come to grips with the bike that carries Stoner to fastest laps and race wins. Tests are aimed at gaining a greater understanding of the all-new carbon- fibre machine, and they hope to stop new second rider Nicky Hayden following his predecessor Marco Melandri in a slide to the back of the grid. Both Hayden and, previously, Melandri complain of not being able to “feel comfortable” on the Duke. But the factory was keen to emphasise that the test was not an emergency call-out for the veteran racer. It has been planned “for a while”, and will be repeated during the year. Ducati says it will “count on the feedback of a three-times World Champion, whose talent and experience will contribute to the continuous development work on the Desmosedici GP9 and GP10.” The GP10 is next year’s machine, and it is possible that an early version may be on track for this week’s tests.