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GP Week : Issue 58
Melandri saved but Kawasaki do MARCO Melandri now seems certain to rejoin the Gresini Honda team next year, after covert confirmation from Kawasaki that it will not continue to support the nominally independent Hayate team next year. There had been slender hopes that strong results from the much-improved MotoGP Kawasaki might persuade the factory to change its mind. But they have come to nothing, with the team quietly informed three weeks ago that they are free to seek new employment for 2010. Melandri expressed his disappointment, saying that the engine improvement in particular made the ZX-RR into a worthwhile machine. But his potential return to the Gresini team after an absence of two years (he left for his ill-starred year as a factory Ducati rider) revives a strong partnership. His five GP wins were all achieved riding a Honda for the Italian team. Melandri will join the team’s new signing, Marco Simoncelli, who is seen as a future prospect that Honda is anxious to keep on strength. The team currently runs one factory machine, as for most years in the past; and it will be earmarked for Melandri, while Simoncelli adapts to his first racing experience on a four-stroke. Smith almost beats Jenson! BRITAIN’S rising 125cc star Bradley Smith was narrowly defeated by F1 racer Jenson Button after stepping in to take the place of a defecting Lewis Hamilton in a charity Triathlon event last weekend in London. The 18-year-old title challenger and race winner took over from Hamilton after the F1 World Champion withdrew from the Mazda 1 London Triathlon, which raised more than £3 million for charity. This kept the British motorsport challenge alive. More than 55,000 spectators watched as sports stars from various disciplines joined regular athletes and amateurs (an entry of 10,000 was reported) on the punishing course, which took in many of the famous sights of the English capital, including Tower Bridge. The race was run over Olympic distance – a 1500m swim, a 40km cycle ride, and 10km of running. Button set a personal best of 2:07:02, placing second in the 25-to29-year-old group; first-timer Smith placed seventh in the 17-to-24-year-old category, crossing the line just over sixand-a-half minutes later than his motorsport rival. “That was tough. I just wanted to get it over with as quickly as possible,” joked a pleased Smith to friends after the race. Both driver’s and rider’s times spoke well of levels of fitness in motor racing, but were eclipsed by the professionals; winner Will Clarke completed the course in just 1:44:29.