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GP Week : Issue 48
>>Moto GPnews It’s official – 800s faster than 990s! DANI Pedrosa’s Repsol Honda set a new top-speed bench-mark on the first day of practice at Mugello, when a tailwind and a draft from Rossi helped him to record a top speed of 349.3 km/h (217.04 mph) on the official speed trap. This adds 1.9 km/h the highest top speed ever recorded by the previous-generation 990s, set in pre-season tests in 2003 by Loris Capirossi’s Ducati at Catalunya. He was also helped by a hefty tailwind. The 800s were introduced to limit the increase in speeds of the 990s, after the fatal accident to Daijiro Kato at Suzuka later in 2003. But team data suggested that the Dorna speed trap might be flattering the new bikes. “Our figures put Dani’s speed 10 or more km/h slower,” said a Honda spokesman; while Pedrosa elucidated: “Top speed is not the most important thing. The lap time is more critical.” Mugello has a long though undulating and slightly curved main straight, and it was here that MotoGP machines first cracked 200 mph (320kmh), a speed recorded by Regis Laconi’s Aprilia in 2002. The previous 500cc two-strokes had cracked the double- ton mark just once, by Shinichi Itoh’s Honda at the Hockenheimring in 1993. Moto2teams bemused by open tyre rule THERE was widespread confusion at the news that the Moto2 class – with strictly controlled engines and electronics – will not follow the senior MotoGP class in a single-tyre policy. But it doesn’t mean the resumption of costly tyre wars. Tyre supply will be limited in both numbers and cost, Digital Caption with tyres to be distributed by race organisation to ensure fair play, according to IRTA’s Mike Trimby. Dunlop and Michelin are earmarked to be joint suppliers after MotoGP single- tyre suppliers Bridgestone declined the opportunity. “We have had one meeting with Dorna and Michelin to discuss the possibilities,” said Dunlop’s Jeremy Ferguson, “and we will have another in the next week or ten days.” Michelin is currently not involved in the GP paddock after refusing to tender to supply the MotoGP class, but Dunlop supplies tyres to the 250 and 125 classes.