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GP Week : Issue 47
>>Moto GPnews Bridgestone investigation reveals Pedrosa’s luck DANI Pedrosa snared third place in Japan with an astonishing rip in his front tyre, as reported in GPWeek. Now Bridgestone has revealed the reason … a “foreign object”that worked its way out through the tread of the tyre. “After a detailed inspection, we found a small foreign object that had become embedded within the tread of the front slick,”said a company statement, quoting race tyre development manager Tohru Ubukata. “This was the origin of a weak point in the tread of the tyre which, during the course of the race, worked its way to the surface, causing a crack to form in the rubber.” Sounds like either a manufacturing fault, or that Dani picked up some debris. Either way, he was lucky to finish the race, let alone on the rostrum. Interest promises big Moto2 grids Massive entry prediction means little chance of any 250s in 2010 RACE organisers expect to be inundated with entries for Moto2, the 250-class replacement, which kicks off a year earlier than planned in 2010. Early signs are that the 34 places will be easily filled and probably over- subscribed, so the selection committee will be able to pick and choose. This is in sharp contrast to the dying 250 class, which mustered only 23 full- time starters at Le Mans. Although the series will be open to 250cc two-strokes for 2010 only, it is thought unlikely any will take part. With engine dimensions and basic specifications confirmed at Le Mans, teams were invited to submit applications – and there was an immediate rush, with the proposed 34-strong grid already almost half full within the first 24 hours. More applications are expected from outside of the paddock, as small-scale constructors are attracted back into the sport, and organisers expect to have the luxury of whittling the list down to size. Entries will be prioritised, taking into account not only the team’s stature and record, but also the riders’. A provisional list will be drawn up within four weeks, to be revealed at the Catalunyan GP. Informal tiers of seniority have been suggested, with first preference going to existing MotoGP satellite teams (Tech 3, LCR, Gresini and Scot Honda have already expressed strong interest). Next up will be existing 250 teams, and then 125 teams anxious to move up. There are plenty of these already interested. The surge of interest in the class suggests a high level of competition between chassis builders and teams. All will operate with the great leveller of an engine supplied at random from the pool at the start of the weekend, and given back straight after the race. This in turn makes it more attractive to riders, and may tempt current leading 250 protagonists Simoncelli and Bautista to linger in the junior class, in the attempt to become the first-ever Moto2 World Champion. 17