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GP Week : Issue 66
HIGH SIDES IGH SE H H E DE DE D G ID IG S SI HI H H H S n A change in the way the new engine- durability rules will be applied means that riders will no longer lose 10 championship points if they use more than the allocation -- five for the last seven races of this year, and six for the full 2010 season. Now they will instead start from the back of the grid. Manufacturers will however still suffer the ten-point penalty in the Constructors' Championship. n Lorenzo's win secured the team championship for Fiat Yamaha, with a total of 482 points. Repsol Honda is next on 315, but with a potential 150 still left to win, they cannot overtake Yamaha. Yamaha also has a commanding lead in the constructors' table. 330 to Honda's 236, with 75 left to win ... but they cannot claim a win yet because of the potential of losing points if they go beyond their engine allocation. n Czech racing entrepreneur Daniel Epp is to bring 250 points leader Hiro Aoyama to MotoGP next year, riding a Honda in a new team, sponsor unknown. Epp founded the Emmi-Caffe Latte team, winning the 125 title with Thomas Luthi, but has become disillusioned with the Swiss rider. n Epp also came to the rescue of beleaguered 250 rider Mattia Pasini, whose Team Toth finally had his Aprilia confiscated by the factory in lieu of unpaid bills. Pasini has nearly missed a couple of races this year for the same reason, but the money has until now always been found. Epp will support Pasini for the last four races. n Aleix Espargaro will join MotoGP next year as second rider in the Pramac Ducati team. Lead rider Mika Kallio is also confirmed to stay with the team. Espargaro, older brother of 125 race winner Pol, impressed as a substitute rider during Stoner's absence. This closes probably the last option for next year, leaving de Angelis and Elias still hunting for a ride. n KTM is pulling out of GP racing after losing star 125 rider Marc Marquez and, as a consequence, also the sponsorship of Repsol and Red Bull. The Austrian factory will still supply machines to the Red Bull Rookies Cup, but will concentrate international racing efforts on a planned World Superbike entry. n Honda and Repsol reached agreement for one more year of sponsorship at Estoril. The Spanish petrol company has backed the factory Honda team for 15 years, winning 98 races and nine World Championships. BEN Spies is to make an early Yamaha MotoGP debut, after securing a wild- card entry for the last round of the season, the Valencia GP on November 8. He will ride independently of the existing teams, in factory colours. The triple AMA champion, who on Sunday regained and then lost the World Superbike points lead to rival Nori Haga, had denied the move; but it was confirmed by Yamaha. And approved by factory colleague Valentino Rossi. "It will be interesting for sure ... and very clever for Ben to take this ride," said Rossi. He would gain valuable saddle time and experience, circumventing some of the hardships imposed by the severe winter testing restrictions. Spies will start his full-time GP career next year alongside fellow-Texan Colin Edwards in the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha satellite team. He has already raced in three GPs for Suzuki, as a wild card at Laguna and Indianapolis last year, and also at Donington replacing injured regular Capirossi. His best result was sixth at Indy. Spies's management also denied strong rumours that basketball legend Michael Jordan was behind the entry. Spies to make early MotoGP debut Stoner back -- and o 12