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GP Week : 13-Oct-2009
Moto GP news >> THE MotoGP grid for next year is dominated by 10 Italian and Spanish riders, with America the next-best represented nation with three. Britain -- still the second most successful nation overall -- will have nobody; while Australia's representation has shrunk to just one. This is the combined effect of Spanish company Dorna's national promotional racing programme with the loss of Englishman James Toseland and Australian Chris Vermeulen to World Superbikes next year. Italy has five confirmed pilots: Rossi, Capirossi, Simoncelli, Melandri and Dovizioso; Spain fields and equal number: Pedrosa, Bautista, Lorenzo, Barbera and Aleix Espargaro. The Americans are Hayden, Edwards and Spies. Australia, France, Japan and Finland have one each: Stoner, de Puniet, Aoyama and Kallio. The 18th rider has yet to be confirmed. MotoGP goes Latin- American for 2010 Moto2 times disappoint at Montmelo WEEKEND racing at Catalunya saw the Moto2 bikes out again, running on a mixed grid with Formula Extreme bikes ... and the best lap times fell short of those set by the 250s they will replace. The fastest in practice was Espargaro at 1m48.155s on the Harris Promo Racing machine, compared with Barbera's 250 pole time of 1m46.749s. Same in the race: Xavier Fores (Suter Yamaha Moto2) was fastest at 1m47.743s; in the GP Bautista ran 1m46.656s. No two-stroke 250s are entered for Moto2 next year. Perhaps that should be remedied. 15