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GP Week : Issue 56
>>Moto GPnews Ducati gamble fails MARLBORO Ducati pair Casey Stoner and Nicky Hayden were the only MotoGP riders to start the British GP on full wet tyres. They did so for different reasons – but Jorge Lorenzo revealed after the race that they were almost not the only ones. “After the sighting lap I wanted to put on wet tyres,” he said. A lively discussion on the grid with his chief mechanic Ramon Forcada saw the older man’s counsel prevail, and he stuck with slicks. The track was far from dry and drizzle was in the air for the sighting lap, and as the race began. But it was never quite wet enough for the gamble to pay off. Ducati’s decision had been taken by the riders rather than the team, said director Livio Suppo. The riders concurred. Stoner: “There was just a fingernail away from being enough rain, until right at the end. It was wishful thinking, but a calculated risk,” he said. Although he was by then almost a lap adrift, “right up until lap 10 I thought it might pay off,” he said. “On the sighting lap, I thought there was no way to race on slicks. Just touch the throttle and it would spin. It was still raining in the early laps and I was rubbing my hands together, thinking it would come to us.” Although he was by then almost a lap adrift, “right up until lap 10 I had some hopes. I’d been trying to keep those sharp edges on the wet tyre until then. Even so if it had rained then, we could have saved some positions.” For Hayden, with little to lose, it was even more worthwhile to try: “I thought why not roll the dice? This track gets slick pretty quick too. “In the first couple of laps it was raining a little, and I was thinking: just keep them in sight. But after three or four laps I realised it was pretty much over.” Rossi, asked if he had considered the same action, said: “No. Never.” And when he lapped Stoner on lap 14: “I saw he was on wets and I was faster than him on slicks, so I realised that there would be no benefit changing bikes.” But the ride on slicks had been fraught. “Every corner you think … oooh; then … I made it!” Stonerheads Downunder for R&R cure NO closer to resolution of the ailment that has sapped his strength and spoiled his race results for the last five races, Casey Stoner is heading back home to Australia and to his favourite medico in Newcastle, hoping that two weekends off will help cure him. “It’s not getting better, and not changing,” he said of his condition, looking pale after the first day of practice.. His plan for the two weekends off before the Czech Republic GP at Brno? “I’m going back to Australia, and I’m looking forward to it”. Stoner had sat out much of the first session after setting second-fastest lap. “For some reason, I was sore even before I went out,” “I’ve run reduced laps in practice at Laguna and in Germany. If I can continue, then possibly I’ll be in a better position for the race,” he explained, adding that there was little point in taking risks in the tricky drying conditions. His condition was also a factor in the choice of wet tyres for the race – a gamble that didn’t pay off: “Everyone knows my situation at the moment, and that it’s easier in the wet. This weekend this circuit seemed more aggressive with me than the Sachsenring.” He had no new medical tests planned, but was also looking forward to consulting the same doctor who advised him on his 2007/8 shoulder surgery. “He’s seen all the results of the tests, but I just want to get some more advice,” said Stoner. 15