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GP Week : Issue 65
HIGH SIDES IGH SE H H E DE DE D G ID IG S SI HI H H H S n Mattia Pasini has had a second outing on the Ducati MotoGP bike, and the 250 rider set respectable lap times -- and crashed twice -- at the factory Mugello test circuit. Pasini tested the GP09 after the Brno GP, but it was thought to be only a one-off, since physical weakness from an old injury might rule him out. This second test suggests a possible MotoGP future after all. n Former major GP figure Max Biaggi became a father, two days before the World Superbike meeting at Imola last weekend. His partner Ines gave birth to a son. n Prospective Moto-2 teams will have to wait until March next year and the first official tests at Valencia before they can try the full- spec control Honda engines in their various chassis. According to a report by Motor Cycle News, plans for delivery in November have been shelved. Teams will have to use CBR600 engines for earlier development. n While Dani Pedrosa and Hector Barbera climbed Mont Blanc, fellow Spaniard Toni Elias found a better way to relax in the enforced break ... racing motorbikes. The ever-cheerful Spaniard took part in both legs of the Andorra Supermoto GP, combining off-road and on- road disciplines. to access a HUGE global audience ADVERTISE in GPWEEK WITH no official word from Casey Stoner's camp, and in spite of continued assurances from the Marlboro Ducati team, the absentee Australian racer is keeping racing guessing in the run up to his planned return for next weekend's Portuguese GP. According to reports on Spanish national TV quoting team director Livio Suppo (who was not available for comment as we went to Press), the team has every confidence Stoner will return as originally planned. Although he still had not spoken directly to the rider, Suppo had been in constant contact with his father/manager Colin Stoner. "At this moment, we have no reason to think that Casey will not be back. Everything is organized," he told TVE, Spain's equivalent of the BBC. Furthermore, Ducati's own medical consultants had been in touch with Stoner's doctors in Australia, and had learned nothing to shake the company's confidence. But reports from Italy said the Aleix Espargaro had been put on stand-by, in case Stoner does not return, obliging Mika Kallio to step up to the factory team to take his place once again. Stoner's silence is explained by Ducati as "on doctors' orders"; but rumours of a growing rift were fanned by reports from the Singapore car GP, where Marlboro chiefs were said to be "hoping at least for an apology" to Ducati from Stoner. REVIVING a long-dead fashion for moonlighting, defending 250 champion Marco Simoncelli had a weekend outing at the World Superbike race at Imola on Sunday. And the wild-haired and much-fancied Italian charger played what may be a pivotal role on route to a stunning rostrum finish at his first attempt. The 22-year-old Italian was riding the factory Aprilia RSV4 in place of injured regular Shinya Nakano. Simoncelli crashed out of the first race while battling for a strong fifth, but fought his way through to third in the second leg. He finished behind the pair of factory Ducatis, but ahead of weekend team-mate Max Biaggi, multiple 250 champion and 500/MotoGP race winner. Simoncelli, who said he was "just trying to enjoy myself", rode with trade-mark aggression. His race two passing move on Biaggi (who had been second in the first leg) was so fraught that it almost knocked the Roman veteran off, and caused erstwhile points leader Ben Spies (Yamaha) to run off the track, dropping the already struggling American well out of the battle for third and helping him to lose the overall series lead to second-placed Nori Haga. Simoncelli regularly rides a Gilera, an Aprilia clone branded differently by Piaggio, the parent company. Putting him on for one race was a high-risk strategy for the company, both for Simoncelli plays away Debut World Superbike podium for the Lion of the 250 class Stoner: keeps them guessing 12