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GP Week : Issue 52
s out onsistent rules row companions Pedrosa and Lorenzo, he didn’t see there was much to be done about it. Race director Paul Butler said that he had actually had a word with Capirossi to be more careful, but after examining the footage didn’t think any punishment necessary. But it might be time, he said, “to get all the riders together to discuss the problem”. It was particularly bad at Assen because the track is narrow and fast, he said: “We have these problems every year here.” onda ticket >>Moto GPnews Single bike threat lifted THE threat of cutting MotoGP riders back to just one bike per weekend next year has been lifted, it was announced at Assen, after Dorna and its cohorts agreed that the move was unlikely to achieve the goal of putting more riders on the grid. The qualifying-day announcement also confirmed that thoughts of cutting the GP weekend back to just two days have been shelved. Race director Paul Butler had earlier explained (as reported in GPWeek) that the hope was that cutting the allocation of machines to riders would allow manufacturers to supply more riders without increasing their own costs. The response from the manufacturers was negative, however, he said at Assen: “It was not possible to provide more motorcycles as a result of the regulation, and since Dorna is anxious to increase the size of the grid, there’s obviously got to be another solution. “But they didn’t want to harm the show by going to one bike without creating a larger grid. Maintaining the current practice and qualifying schedule – one hour on Friday, two on Saturday – might appear to go against the urge to save costs, but Butler said that a fuller package of new regulations would be announced later in the year, “probably at the Sachsenring, that will make sense. Particularly testing had been significantly reduced,”he said. 17