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GP Week : Issue 69
THREE significant date clashes between the provisional 2010 MotoGP calendar and next year's Formula One series have put the dates of two Italian races and the French GP in jeopardy. Changes proposed by F1 mean that the provisional MotoGP calendar released last July is now under serious consideration. The first clash is between the French GP scheduled at Le Mans for May 16. This clashes with the revised Monaco GP date, which would potentially hit MotoGP TV ratings. The other clashes are with the Italian bike GP at Mugello, scheduled for May 30, and up against the Turkish F1 race; and the San Marino/Rimini GP at Misano on September 12, on the same day and in the same country as the Italian car GP at Monza. Date clashes put 2010 calendar in doubt chance outing before rule change weekend A new face accepting the victorious manufacturers' trophy for Ducati on the Sepang rostrum was well known in racing -- it was the factory test rider Vito Guareschi, with his distinctive post-punk hairstyle. The surprise was that the role is usually taken by team director Livio Suppo, and the substitution reinforced rumours in the Italian Press that this is part of a reshuffle in preparation for the arrival of Rossi in 2011. Officially, Guareschi's new role is to liaise between the riders and Filippo Preziosi, Ducati's revered GP designer. After many years as official tester, the job is tailor-made. But is there a more sinister motive? Yes, according to some reports, which suggest that Suppo will be moved aside and Guareschi installed in his place, making the team more agreeable for star recruit Rossi. Ducati reshu e reinforces Rossi rumours Moto GP news >> 13