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GP Week : Issue 57
>>Moto GPnews o Yamaha: ins he will take a pay cut; and Spanish 250 rider Hector Barbera, who can bring a sponsorship package with him. The name of Ben Spies is also in the frame, although it is likely Yamaha would prefer to keep him one more year in World Superbikes. Randy de Puniet has also had talks with the French team – it is not the first time his name has been linked with his compatriots’. Other strong candidates are on the market, including race winners Marco Melandri and Toni Elias, and Alex de Angelis, with Marco Simoncelli ousting one or the other from the Gresini team; plus such current 250 runners as Aoyama and Pasini. TT CLASH to split British race fans THE provisional MotoGP calendar for 2010 has been released, with the tally back up to 18 races – and a clash that will split the loyalties of British race fans. The British GP has been switched from July to the first weekend in June – bang in the middle of a fortnight of TT racing on the Isle of Man. This further emphasises the division between classic TT racing – the foundation of the World Championships – and modern MotoGP. The British GP took over the championship round from the TT in 1977, after the Mountain Circuit was judged too dangerous. But direct date clashes had hitherto been avoided. Another innovation is the addition of a reserve circuit – to avoid the 2009 situation when the number of races had to be cut following the cancellation of the new Hungarian round. The reserve track is the Motorland Aragon, a brand-new 5.345-km circuit that forms part of a massive motorsport project that hopes also to attract F1 in the future. The track, due to be opened in February, is inland between Barcelona and Valencia (each of which already hosts both F1 and MotoGP), close to Andorra. It could be called into use if the Hungarian Balatonring is again cancelled, making four MotoGP events in mainland Spain, plus one next door in Portugal. Cost-cutting logistics have gone out of the window mid-season, with two trips to the USA interrupted by a single return to Europe for the Czech Republic GP. MOTOGP | PrOvISIOnal calEndar In full: April 11 * April 25 May 2 May 16 May 30 June 6 June 26 ** July 4 July 18 July 25 *** August 15 August 29 Qatar Japan Spain France Italy Great Britain Netherlands Catalunya Germany United States Czech Rep. Indianapolis Malaysia Australia Portugal Valencia Doha/Losail Motegi Jerez de la Frontera Le Mans Mugello Silverstone Assen Catalunya Sachsenring Laguna Seca Brno September 12 San Marino & Riviera di Rimini Misano September 19 Hungary October 10 October 17 October 31 November 7 * night race ** Saturday race Indianapolis Balatonring Phillip Island Sepang Estoril Ricardo Tormo – Valencia *** MotoGP only 1