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GP Week : Issue 50
>>Moto GPnews Rossi concurs with Ago on “crazy” TT visit VALENTINO Rossi was glowing with amazement after his visit to the Isle of Man TT, where he ran a lap on closed roads following multiple TT winner Giacomo Agostini before watching Monday’s races round the revered Island circuit. But he was sure of one thing: that the TT riders had a screw loose! “When you speak with (John) McGuinness, (Steve) Martin and (Guy) Plater and you look at their faces, you can see it’s a crazy face. It is very clear that they are crazy people and not normal.”he said, with gleeful admiration. “They say the normal track is very boring and they prefer the TT. You have to be very brave and also a bit crazy, but especially you have to know the track meter by meter … exactly where is the right line, the bumps and what is the grip like in a certain corner. If you don’t know 110 per cent every centimetre, I think it’s impossible to go at the maximum,”he said. Still under the Island spell, he allowed that he might be persuaded to race there for $10million – “but only at 75 percent. To go full on that course is too dangerous for me. If you make a mistake it’s a big disaster. I’m happy to go back and make five or six laps to go better and learn the track more, but for a real race I think it’s too dangerous.” He’d enjoyed the racing and especially the lap behind Ago: “I expected the track to be very dangerous, but not as funny (enjoyable) as it was. The track is incredible. “I enjoyed the riding a lot, and I have to thank Ago because behind him it was more fun. He remembers more or less the track, and it was possible to go quite fast.” Talmacsi’s dream comes true HUNGARIAN racer Gabor Talmacsi made an unexpected and premature debut in the MotoGP class at Catalunya – and is set to finish the season riding the Team Scot Honda he took over for the race. The 2007 125 champion’s chequered career had taken a turn for the worse after the former boxer – a high-profile sporting celebrity at home in Hungary – walked out on his 250 deal with Jorge Martinez’s Aspar team after 14 the first three races, claiming sundry breaches of contract. Now he has returned with a fistful of Hungarian petro-dollars, just at the right moment to rescue the financially beleaguered Italian Scot Honda team from disaster. At Catalunya he rode team regular Yuki Takahashi’s spare machine, and there were strong rumours that the Japanese would be dropped for the rest of the season. But team principal Cirano Mularoni said the intention was to keep both riders, and that he “was working” to try to secure more motorcycles from Honda. Talmacsi made a steady start, qualifying and finishing in last place (19th and 17th respectively); but his unsettled team-mate Takahashi crashed out on the first lap, later blaming an early braking move by Suzuki’s Chris Vermeulen. Talmacsi is the first Hungarian in the class since 1976, and was wide-eyed at the braking and acceleration, for which practice with 600cc and 1000cc production racers had left him unprepared. “But I can do it in the future. I am not afraid,” he said. Joining the class was the realisation of a dream, he added, saying “I want to improve and not crash or be aggressive. When I understand something, then I will push for the limit.”