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GP Week : Issue 110
Images used in GPWEEK are shot by the photo-artists at Sutton Images. Posters available of any shot – CLICK HERE for more information Interested in Aussie V8 Supercars? CLICK HERE to access Australasian Motorsport eNews ... Images used in GPWEEK are shot by the photo-artists at Sutton Images. Posters available of any shot – CLICK HERE for more information Interested in Aussie V8 Supercars? CLICK HERE to access Australasian Motorsport eNews ... The world of MoTorsporTdirecTly Toyour deskTop Issue No. 146 March16 -22 2010 WHINCUP INA FORMULA 1 CAR AT ALBERT PARK REIGNINGCHAMPSSETFORF1/V8 CARSWAPNEXTWEEK –FULLDETAILS INSIDE! POWER PLAY! Aussies fight itout inIndyCar opener – and Will wins! EXCLUSIVE! to access a huge global audience ADVeRTISe in gPWeeK Does size matter? Controversy as Rossi calls for Pedrosa to carry ballast Moto gP news >> VALENTINO Rossi is leading calls for combined minimum rider/machine weight restrictions to be introduced to the MotoGP class, in an initiative clearly aimed at cutting lightweight Dani Pedrosa’s acceleration advantage over his rivals. Prompted also by the problems faced by his friend Marco Simoncelli, the biggest rider in the top class, Rossi raised the matter at the Safety Commission meeting at Jerez. But reactions among other riders is mixed, given that the major problem of a MotoGP bike is to achieve traction without wheelspin – an area where a heavier rider has an advantage. Rossi suggests that it would make the contest fairer, and he has some support because of the effect of rider size on fuel consumption – another key area, since maximum tank size was cut to 21 litres. A bigger rider uses more fuel both because of his weight and also because of inferior aerodynamic penetration. Nicky Hayden supported this view. “ When Dani and I were team-mates at Honda the difference in fuel consumption was really big. It meant that sometimes the programme would cut in to lean out my fuel to make sure I got to the end of the race. That cuts the power.” Pedrosa was somewhat amused by the question: “ This has followed me throughout my career,” he said. “But when I came to MotoGP, many said I wouldn’t be able to manage a big bike. Now it’s the other way. “Maybe I should take some medicine to make myself bigger. Or maybe bigger riders should try what it is like to be small.” Stoner thought ballast unnecessary. “In some situations I am sorry for Dani. I actually think bigger riders have more advantages.” Not only is it easier for them to muscle the bike around, they also have more weight to shift around, to alter the combined centre of gravity in the corners. Rossi’s approach has yet to take the form of an official proposal, according to FIM President Vito Ippolito. “If there is a proposal, we would have to study it carefully,” he said.