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GP Week : Issue 76
woes Moto2 lap being 1'44.044 compared with 1'46.492 for 125s. But as one team manager put it: "The difference is in corner speed and top speeds -- the two classes don't really mix." In spite of a few near misses, serious incidents were avoided until the last day. Mixed testing was once common on pre-race free test days, and it was a chain collision between a 125, a 250 and a 500 that ended popular double champion Barry Sheene's top-level career. The practice was then stopped. safety issues Elias given cautious go-ahead for Qatar TONI Elias was flown from Jerez direct to Barcelona for surgery following the crash, and had plates and screws put into his left ankle and wrist, to fix small but potentially costly fractures. With less than a week to go before practice begins at Qatar, doctors have given the Spanish former MotoGP race winner a cautious thumbs-up, as he battles for fitness. Elias, a rostrum finisher in MotoGP last year, was unable to secure a ride in the top class but was retained by the same team to spearhead its Moto2 assault. Topping the tests, he was one of the favourites for the new Moto2 title. Moto GP news >> 17