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GP Week : Issue 53
>>Moto GPnews mits dangerous mpounds warm enough. Is a little bit dangerous,”he said. Bridgestone provided just such tyres for Assen last week, after a spate of fast crashes the year before, and will do so again at the Sachsenring and Phillip Island. In previous years before the one-tyre rule, dual-compound tyres were supplied to suit the special requirements of the majority of circuits. Former champion and US GP winner Nicky Hayden was concerned at the two crashes, pointing out that the loss of soft qualifying tyres was another contributory factor: “People thought getting rid of qualifiers would make things safer, but when grid positions are so important you’re going to have guys hanging it out for a fast lap on a race tyre, and that ain’t so safe,”he said. Rossi added his voice to the call for the return of mixed- compounds, a matter on which all the safety commission agreed, he said: “Last year we used dual compound tyres at around 14 races out of 18, and this year just four races. We need some more. Bridgestone is open to speak about this for 2010, because for this year they say all the tyres are already produced.” Stonerailment has medicos baffled 2007 World Champion Casey Stoner, suffering for a third race in a row from a mysterious and debilitating condition, faces a series of wide-ranging medical tests to try to pin down exactly what is troubling the 23-year-old. One possibility is glandular fever, related to the common and usually not particularly troublesome Epstein-Barr virus. Fatigue, stomach cramps and nausea have turned his last two races into an ordeal and a pair of third place finishes a major achievement – Stoner revealed to Britain’s Motor Cycle News that he had vomited twice in his helmet in the Catalunya GP. The all-action Laguna Seca circuit brought out an additional problem: arm-pump that struck on Friday morning: “I’ve never had arm pump in my life,”he said on Friday afternoon. “On motocross, yes; on road racing never.” He had spoken frankly from the start of the weekend of his uncertainty. At Assen, he said, he’d felt confident he’d recovered … until fatigue struck in the race. Now he was more wary of his level of endurance. The reason I’m getting exhaustion, I have no idea,”he said. “We still have no insight into what’s going on and there’s just no reason for it. I feel good, alright during the week and then as soon as anything happens, I’m just dead. So until we find out why, I think we’re going to just keep running into the same issue.” Epstein-Barr was one possibility he had discussed with doctors, he said. After the US race, he would decide how to tackle a series of tests to narrow the diagnosis down. “At the moment we’re really struggling with it.” 13