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GP Week : Issue 112
v 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 MoTorsporT direcTly To your deskTop Issue No. 146 March 16-22 2010 WHINCUP INA FORMULA 1 CAR AT ALBERT PARK REIGNINGCHAMPS SETFORF1/V8 CARSWAP NEXTWEEK – FULL DETAILS INSIDE! POWER PLAY! Aussiesfightitout in IndyCar opener – and Will wins! EXCLUSIVE! to access a huge global audience ADVeRTISe in gPWeeK HOPES that next year’s new 1000cc ‘Claiming Rule Teams’ regulations will boost the shrunken MotoGP grid got a boost last week, with a strong response from would-be new entrants, according to IRTA general secretary Mike Trimby. The conditions for entry were announced after the Jerez GP. Interested teams must register by Friday, April 29 – first day of the Portuguese GP; must complete formal application by the first day of the French GP two weeks later; and must lodge a deposit with teams’ association IRTA by Friday, June 3, at the start of the Catalunya race. “ We’ve had seven or eight enquiries so far, and I know of two more coming,” he said. “ Three or four of those are existing Moto2 and 125 teams, and out of the total two teams are looking to lease factory bikes. But other existing lease teams might opt out and move to CRT, if they can’t find the budget for factory bikes,” he said. It is already known that the Interwetten and Marc VDS Moto2 teams plan to move to MotoGP next year with Claiming Rule Teams, the latter with a BMW-powered Suter chassis. “I think it is quite encouragi ng,” Trimby said, adding: “I’m not sure how many entries we will eventually aim for. I want to try for 24, but I think Dorna would be happy with 22.” This year, for a second successive year, there are only 17: with championship points down to 15th place, it almost guarantees points for all. IRTA handles only the privately owned teams: the factory teams deal directly with Dorna. A provisional list of IRTA teams will be published after the French GP; by June 3 in Catalunya they will be required to underwrite their entries with a deposit, reported last week at 20,000 Euros. It will, however, be higher, said Trimby. “ The amount is not decided yet, but that is the deposit paid by Moto2 teams. It will be more than that.” Teams rush in for ‘new-rules’ racing 16