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GP Week : Issue 46
HIGH SIDES n The Chinese 125 Haojue team continues in the doldrums, with neither rider qualifying for the French race. The problem is two- fold – a lack of reliability and of performance from the unique engine, designed by former Aprilia chief Jan Witteveen. “We thought a reliable engine would be a given,” said project chief Garry Taylor. “What was disappointing is becoming very frustrating.” n Toni Elias went under the knife the day after the Spanish GP, for surgery to solve a right arm- pump problem caused by compartment syndrome. He raced to ninth at Le Mans in spite of 30 stitches in his arm, and a lack of strength. “It’s not so painful, except for the tendon in my elbow,” he said bravely. n The imposition of a single-bike rule next year might melt away, according to senior race management sources, who asked not to be named. “It only has the status of a proposal. If it doesn’t result in more riders on the grid, it might be dropped.” n Ducati has backed off on electronics in an attempt to make the bike easier for riders other than Stoner to understand. “It’s the same system, but we use less of it. It’s like a car with five gears, but we only use four,” said team boss Livio Suppo. Stoner had already elected to use a simpler system from the start of the year, “because it lets me ride the bike how I like” n Kawasaki’s former race chief Ichiro Yoda was at Le Mans, and said he hoped the factory might change its “no development” policy. 1 Talmacsi out of Aspar And with Gibernau injured, is a MotoGP seat with GFH Ducati the Hungarian’s next stop? GABOR Talmacsi, the Hungarian 2007 125 World Champion, was a surprise absence from the French GP, after a major fall-out with the Aspar team. Talmacsi has ridden for the large and highly respected Spanish team for his 125 title and the following year, and moved with them to the 250 class this year, riding under the name Team Balatonring. The deal only lasted three races, however. Talmacsi issued a statement giving two reasons for cancelling the contract. The first was that he’d been promised two bikes, but received only one. The second was an abstruse matter concerning media rights, after the team issued a false Press release saying that Gabor was “looking forward to Le Mans”, when he had decided that he was not going to come. The rights are important in Hungary, however, where Talmacsi is one of the most famous sportsmen. Team principal Jorge ‘Aspar’Martinez responded that the accusations were “totally false and unjustified”, and that Talmacsi’s absence was “totally unexpected”. He blamed Talmacsi’s manager for creating the problem, and denied that there had been any breech of contract. His relationship with the rider had always been good. “I have still been unable to talk to Gabor, and that saddens me most of all,”he said. “It is frankly incomprehensible that a World Champion can make a decision like this, putting his sporting career in jeopardy over a disagreement over image rights,”he said. “I want to make it clear that I would love to continue with Gabor as the Balatonring Team’s rider.” Talmacsi’s place at Le Mans was taken by Spanish former 125 rider Angel Rodriguez, while speculation was rife that he might switch to MotoGP. One possibility was that he could bring funding to the cash-strapped Team Scot, and race on the team’s second bike, alongside current rider Yuki Takahashi. Talmacsi was also a possible candidate to take the place of the injured Sete Gibernau on the GFH Ducati, see seperate story.