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GP Week : Issue 59
>>Moto GPnews Airbag deflates Lorenzo’s chances JORGE Lorenzo has conceded the World Championship to his team-mate Valentino Rossi, after crashing out of a short-lived lead in Sunday’s Czech Republic GP. “The championship is his,” he said, after explaining how he had been obliged to take risks today “because second place would not have been good enough”. Lorenzo’s title challenge had been badly dented by his crash and no-score at Donington Park three weeks ago. Rossi also fell in England, but remounted to finish a valuable fifth. “Everybody else was slower than practice today because conditions were hotter. Only Valentino went faster. I had to take maximum risks to stay with him and pass him – I was at the limit. “I braked so late for that corner. If I had gone wide and let him past I would not have crashed … but I wanted to close the corner. I had to take the risk. It was my mistake.” However, even had the bike not been damaged, Lorenzo could not have remounted and finished. His airbag leathers inflated in the crash only after he hit the gravel, he said, leaving him looking like a puffedup child’s toy as he ran over to the bike. It was too badly damaged to continue … but even so, the airbag failed to deflate for some ten minutes (it is meant to go down almost immediately) and there wasw no prospect of continuing: “I could not have ridden again,” he said. “No lease engines for MotoGP”– Honda chief HONDA is not in favour of any plan to provide lease engines to satellite teams, according to new HRC president Tetsuo Suzuki, pouring cold water on the hopes that grid numbers could be increased without hiking costs in this way. The idea was put forward by the manufacturers’ association, the MSMA, as a counter to Dorna’s proposal to introduce a second tier to MotoGP, using 1000cc production engines to boost grid numbers from the current pitiful 17. A formal counter-proposal, or approval of Dorna’s suggestion, is expected from 1 the MSMA in two weeks at the Indianapolis GP, and Suzuki pointed out that he was not speaking for the association. But Honda was not in favour, he said. “We prefer to lease complete machines.” Honda is currently the major suppliers to MotoGP, with six RC212Vs on the grid. Ducati had five until the withdrawal of Gibernau’s GFH team; Yamaha four and Suzuki just two. Asked if they might supply a seventh rider, Suzuki said: “I would not say it is not possible to supply seven riders, but there will still be some discussion. It is a question of supply capacity … basically we think we want to keep the number of bikes as now,” he said. There is speculation that one of the machines will be for a new team, bringing Emmi Caffe Latte 250 rider Thomas Luthi to the senior class with the same sponsor. If no more are available, this would leave another team without a machine … possibly Scot Honda, which in turn has had meetings with Ducati. Ducati race-team boss Livio Suppo confirmed there had been talks with Team Scot, but also said the Italian factory would not be able to provide more than five machines next year. One possibility is that the current two-rider Pramac team might shrink to just one; but another is that Pramac will bid for Scot’s current rider Gabor Talmacsi, taking over his Hungarian petrol money and leaving Team Scot back in the financial wilderness. HRC’s Suzuki would not comment on the 1000cc production proposal, saying it was a matter for the MSMA.