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GP Week : Issue 110
HIGH SIDES n John Hopkins’s one-race MotoGP return saw the American qualify 14th, barely 1.5 seconds off pole, on a bike and tyres he has never ridden before. He finished tenth, but will not be available for replacement rides in the foreseeable future due to clashes with his British Superbike commitments. n Honda’s 1000cc development programme has not been too severely affected by the disastrous earthquake, officials confirmed at Jerez. Although Motegi is not available, testing is due to go ahead shortly at another circuit, probably Suzuka. Ducati were reported ready to test their 2013 1000cc MotoGP bike before the next race in Portugal, with Yamaha’s version also ready to go on track. n India is top of the list for new additions to the MotoGP calendar, according to FIM president Vito Ippolito. “ The industry need races in countries with big sales. Indonesia is also important, as well as Brazil ... but the problem in Brazil and Argentina is to find a suitable circuit.” n New Ducati rider Rossi has already come close to his total number of crashes for the past three years in only the first two races. He crashed in practice at Qatar and in qualifying at Jerez, and again in the Spanish race, making three so far. In 2010 he had only five crashes, and four each for the two previous years. His predecessor at Ducati, Stoner, recorded 12 crashes last year. n Jerez marked the first race since the San Marino GP in 2009 when there was not one Spanish rider on pole in all three classes. The honours went instead to Australian Stoner in MotoGP, and two Germans in the smaller classes – Stefan Bradl in Moto2 and Sandro Cortese in 125. n For the first time, the do- gooders triumphed at Marlboro’s lavish hospitality unit. The generous sponsors have circumvented no- smoking rules in other countries because the space is open to guests by invitation only ... but tight new laws in Spain meant that on the second day, ash-trays were discreetly removed and smokers asked to stand outside. CASEY Stoner, innocent victim of an impetuous Valentino Rossi in the Spanish GP, gave a resounding call for fairer marshalling, after corner workers at Jerez massed to help Rossi start up again, leaving him struggling and unable to get going. The Australian Repsol Honda rider was lying second after seven of 27 laps when he was taken out by Rossi at the first corner. Both riders were unhurt and their bikes not badly damaged, but Rossi was tangled up in both machines as they came to rest. As Stoner ran to his bike the marshals helped Rossi get free, and then all helped the Italian to get going, leaving Stoner more or less alone. Rossi’s engine was still running, and he got away without losing too much time. But safety-minded Stoner, anxious to preserve his motor, had flicked the kill switch as he fell. “There was nothing wrong with my bike, but the Honda needs a couple of pins put into the clutch to make it easy to push-start, though it is still possible to get it going,” he said. He tried pushing, without success. “But there was only one marshal helping me. I turned round, and the others were walking away,” he complained. “I don’t blame Valentino for crashing – it’s probably his shoulder or something, and incidents do happen in racing. Him losing his talent in the corner is one thing. For me, the worst was the marshals helping him and not me ... but riders up against Rossi have to learn to deal with this,” he said. “I’d like to see something done about this. It’s completely unfair, and there’s not enough consistency round the world. “We had a very good chance of winning. We had a great package, and it’s disappointing to lose so many points so early in the season without it being my fault.” It’s unfair – Stoner blames marshalls