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GP Week : Issue 57
MIKE TRIMBY – IRTA chief “People swimming in the paddock in waistdeep water. That’s all that springs to mind. No pun intended.” LIVIO SUPPO – Ducati team boss “In 2007 Casey got a bad start and was 12th into the first corner. And he won by miles. If Rossi did that, everyone would still be talking about it. VALENTINO ROSSI – Racing Superstar I have regrets. The grip is bad, but it’s always a great track, and it is a mess that we’re not coming back. It looks like Silverstone could be good. It’s faster and quite funny … but we have lost a great track for motorcycling. My memories? … winning in 2005 on the Yamaha was my best one. PAUL BUTLER – Race Director I was with Dunlop Racing when the circuit was originally rebuilt. My boss was actively involved, and we had the Dunlop Bridge, the starting gantry and the clock on the main straight. Only the clock is still there. It was state of the art at the time, but there hasn’t been much investment since then and it never really displaced Silverstone as the home of British motor sport. Some memorable races, and surprise results, like when Simon Crafar beat Mick Doohan (1993). Most vivid memory is hiding under the table from a food fight at a post-race party in the Lucky Strike days with Team Roberts. The orange sorbets ordered as desert, in the half-peel, were like cannonballs. STUART SHENTON – crew chief for Loris Capirossi Kork Ballington climbing out of his motorhome window in full leathers and helmet for a John Player Cup race … because we couldn’t get the door open. We’d had a bit of a session the night before. And Kevin Schwantz winning in 1994. He’d broken his wrist at the previous Assen round and had a big high-side in practice. Basically he was riding with one hand tied behind his back. JORGE LORENZO – MotoGP rider I agree about losing a great motorcycle track. But at least we still have the Playstation to remember it. 3 CHRIS VERMEULEN – MotoGP rider First time was in 2000 in European Superstock. I was a wildcard, qualified on pole and won. I’ve liked it ever since. Later that year in the British Supersport race I fell JEREMY BURGESS – crew chief to Rossi I’ve had a lot of success over 23 years here. Valentino won his first 500 race here, and we won another one then they took it off us (the yellow flag incident of 2003). But I’m quite happy to be leaving. They at Craner Curves, and when you hit the wet grass you seem to accelerate. Every rider seems to fall off at Craner at least once. I’ve done it more than once. TOM O’KANE – crew chief to Vermeulen The night everyone trashed Wayne Rainey’s hire car. Sunday night … it ended up parked on the tyre barrier. Kevin and Rob McElnea were building walls of straw bales to catch the driver unawares, so it got covered with straw. The next day we took it back to the rental company, and told them we’d been driving behind a tractor when a straw bale fell off the trailer.