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GP Week : Issue 59
>>Moto GPBRNO Something missing from the celebration ... THE day after Brno came the second and last day of mid-season testing – a rare opportunity in a credit-crunch year with all test schedules slashed. Everyone was planning to make the most of it – from Honda, with a raft of modifications to test, to Ducati, who – according to Nicky Hayden – had hardly anything new to try. There was an even more acute reason to stay on. The new restricted-engine rule (five per rider for the rest of the year) meant that this was a last chance to put on unrestricted mileage, because this is the only occasion until after the last race when unsealed engines can be used. Some teams even anticipate that riders might be cutting down on practice laps in order to preserve the allocation: anyone who needs to go beyond the five allowed will lose 10 points, every time they pull a new motor out of the crate. Saving the engines will become a crucial part of a World Championship campaign. If it keeps riders in the pits, this is at the cost of the spectators, already having to make the most of practice sessions and races with only 17 riders out there. But the spectacle has already suffered. After his fine win, there was one thing missing from Rossi’s celebration – the tyre-smoking burn-out. “We can’t do that any more. We have to save the engine,” he explained. Toni’s Timing TONI Elias is the master of bad timing. A former 250 star and an erratically brilliant MotoGP racer, the 25-year-old Spaniard always seems to get it right at the wrong time. His single MotoGP victory, in Portugal in 2006 (by inches from Rossi), came when he had already been dropped by the Gresini Honda team. As it turned out, it saved his job. Last year, riding for Pramac Ducati, he was in the same position, when he put the bike on the rostrum near year’s end in Japan. Again, he was unsacked by the team, but chose to leave anyway … back to Gresini Honda. At Brno this year it was confirmed he will be dropped for next year, and that his bid to join the new Aspar Ducati team had also been declined. He faces 2010 with no job. “Next season, I have nothing, and I become angry,” he said. “I think there are many riders who are never on the podium who get good bikes. Me – I get on the podium every year. And every year, the same position.” After a year of struggle with a 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 MotoGP | Round 11 BRno 46 3 24 4 65 69 5 10 11 12 13 15 52 14 7 88 41 DNF 36 DNF 33 DNF 99 DNF 84 Valentino Rossi Dani Pedrosa Toni Elias Andrea Dovizioso Loris Capirossi Nicky Hayden Colin Edwards Alex de Angelis James Toseland Randy de Puniet Chris Vermeulen Niccolo Canepa Gabor TALMACSI Mika Kallio Marco Melandri Jorge Lorenzo Michel Fabrizio reluctant factory Honda, he had started to come good again. His third place at Brno, a fine fighting finish, came just a little bit too late. Or did it? As he said: “If anyone wants me, I am here. We will see …” Fiat Yamaha Team Repsol Honda Team San Carlo Honda Gresini Repsol Honda Team Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Ducati Marlboro Team Monster Yamaha Tech 3 San Carlo Honda Gresini Monster Yamaha Tech 3 LCR Honda MotoGP Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Pramac Racing 43:08.991s +11.766s +20.756s +21.418s +21.538s +25.544s +25.676s +34.109s +35.617s +39.824s +40.776s +50.661s Scot Racing Team MotoGP +59.188s Ducati Marlboro Team Hayate Racing Team Fiat Yamaha Team Pramac Racing +2 Laps +2 Laps +5 Laps +16 Laps Points – MotoGP: Rossi 212, Lorenzo 162, Stoner 150, Pedrosa 135, Edwards 112, Dovizioso 107, de Puniet 80, Melandri 79, Capirossi 77, Vermeulen 72, de Angelis 68, Elias 63, Toseland 62, Hayden 57, Kallio 34, Canepa 32, Gibernau 12, Takahashi 9, Talmacsi 8. 27