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GP Week : Issue 62
Spies keeps the Monsters hanging HIGH SIDES IGH SE H H E DE DE D G ID IG S SI HI H H H S n Dani Pedrosa raised a few questions during practice when he suddenly veered off the track and parked, flapping his left hand. TV shots showed something had flown off his bike. It was a broken radiator cap -- but although sprayed with hot coolant he escaped being burned. "The leathers caught it," he said. n Thomas Luthi's hopes of moving to MotoGP with a Honda have come to an end. The former 125 champion's poor results in his third year in the 250 class have seen not only sponsors Emmi Caffe Latte lose interest, but also team owner Daniel Epp, who has backed Luthi from 125 days. "I am not interested in continuing when I don't see the will to win," he said. n Valentino Rossi was a possible to drive Felipe Massa's Ferrari at Monza next week -- but it will not happen. "I spoke with Domenicali, but there are two problems. One is whether my neck will be strong enough for race distance. The other is I need to concentrate on the MotoGP championship," he said. n KTM's grand prix racing future is in doubt, with a decision expected within a month. The Austrian manufacturer pulled out of the 250 class at the end of last year. Now the 125 effort is in jeopardy. "If we lose Marc Marquez, we will also lose sponsorship from Repsol and Red Bull," said sporting director Heinz Kinigadner. n Misano's bumps got a blasting from all riders during the weekend. "The surface was new three years ago, but was bumpy from new. Now it is even worse," said Valentino Rossi. With several ultra-tight corners, the seaside circuit is not popular with anyone. n Andrea Dovizioso's helmet had a big question mark on it for the race. But it was not because he was wondering whether or not to sign for Honda. "He has a competition for a new design, and it is like that while he waits to pick the winner," explained a team spokesman.ultra- tight corners, the seaside circuit is not popular with anyone. But the timing of the move is not clear ... and until it is, Monster Tech 3 team riders Colin Edwards and James Toseland will be left hanging on the line to see if they have any hope of staying with the team. Yamaha's official statement suggested that the switch to the top class might take place only in 2011, but reading between the lines it might as easily take place next year. The wording is that "the programme foresees a season in 2010 with the Yamaha World Superbike team" before the switch to the Tech 3 satellite team, in line with MotoGP rules banning class rookies from factory teams. But according to Yamaha Racing MD Lin Jarvis: "Ben's primary mission is to win Yamaha's first World Superbike title, then we will be ready for him in MotoGP Spies took the lead in the SBK championship from Ducati's Nori Haga this weekend, with one win and a second place, while his rival crashed out of the second race. Three rounds of the production-based series remain. Should Spies continue to a maiden- season title, there will be little reason to keep him in Superbikes next year. The decision brings to an end speculation that Spies might switch manufacturers, possibly to Ducati, to fulfil his MotoGP aims. Both Edwards and Toseland hope to stay with the France-based Tech 3 team, but if Spies comes then Edwards may be one American too many; while there is a queue of strong riders ready to replace Toseland, unless his results can improve over the final races. to access a HUGE global audience ADVERTISE in GPWEEK 12