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GP Week : Issue 70
esting HRC has swooped on the victorious Fiat Yamaha garage, and hired three staff members, including Jorge Lorenzo's chief data technician, in a move seen as breaking protocol in a desperate attempt to regain the initiative in MotoGP. Insiders also wonder if it might presage a move to join Yamaha and Ducati in using the favoured Magneti Marelli electronic package, in place of Honda's own in-house system. This would follow the Repsol Honda team's move, tentative at first, in switching from own-brand Show suspension to the Öhlins suspension favoured by the rest of the grid. Lorenzo has lost his team manager as well, with Danielle Romagnoli stepping down to go back to working with machines rather than administration ... but his destination is not yet known. His data technician Carlo Luzzi will move to HRC, where he will perform the same task for Andrea Dovizioso. His place at Fiat Yamaha is to be taken by ex-Suzuki data engineer Davide Marelli. Crucially, however, Lorenzo's respected crew chief Ramon Forcada will stay in place. The other two to leave Yamaha are engineers Andrea Zugna and Cristian Battaglia, both reportedly closely involved with development of Yamaha's electronics. Honda accused of brain-drain swoop Moto GP news >> 13