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GP Week : Issue 114
‘Claiming rule’ team applications promise full grid HOPES that next year’s introduction of lower-cost production-based ‘Claiming Rule Bikes’ will boost the currently sparse 17-strong MotoGP grid got a boost at Estoril, with 16 different teams applying to be considered. There may be more to come from existing MotoGP factory lease teams, wishing to take advantage of the lower costs, according to teams’ association IRTA’s general secretary Mike Trimby. Existing MotoGP teams did not need to go through the first stage of application, which had a deadline of this weekend. Two of the 16 had already been knocked out, said Trimby, as being “ highly speculative”. The remaining 14 were proposing to bring another 21 riders. “Some of them will be disappointed,” said Trimby, who also expected there would be others dropping out over the next month, when the next two stages of application need to be completed. “Now we are sending out a full briefing, detailing what we will pay them, and what they will have to pay us,” said Trimby. The entries had come from teams in Moto2 and 125. “A CRT bike should not cost a great deal more than a Moto2 bike,” said Trimby. While factory bikes under next year’s new MotoGP rules will be allowed six engines and 21 litres of fuel, as at present; CRT teams will get two litres more petrol and double the number of engines, which are allowed to be based on production units. “I’m fairly optimistic,” Trimby continued. “ There are some good names on the list. I am aiming to have 24 riders on the grid.” Moto2 chassis constructor Eskil Suter has already last year shown a prototype CRT bike, using a BMW R1000SS motor. Footnote: Factory 1000cc prototype will get a special test day after the Italian GP at Mugello on July 3. 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! Self-starters for GP bikes? “Manufacturers need to solve the problem” – Race Director Moto GP news >> JEREZ marshals escaped censure for the controversial Rossi/ Stoner crash at Jerez, in a special Race Direction investigation on the eve of the Portuguese GP. But while their behaviour was judged “safe and appropriate”, in spite of Stoner’s complaints of favouritism, the committee recommended that “current rules be reviewed by the GP Commission, in order to study possible solutions that my result in better procedures”. “I didn’t expect anything to come out of it anyway,” said Stoner. Race director Paul Butler later explained to GPWeek that they saw no need to change the rules, which leave the decision of whether to help riders to the marshals, but that with three four- stroke classes next year the matter needed to be discussed. “ What really became clear at Jerez was that these motorcycles are very difficult to restart. Helping riders can also put marshals in considerable danger. “ We decided to study this dilemma. There must be some technical solution that will take the heat off the marshals. I’m told that in motocross the bikes have self-starters, which could be one solution. “ We hope that the guys that build the bikes can find a solution, in their own interests. There is no rule now saying that they can’t fit starters. It’s possible to have a compact system that could give you a couple of restarts before running out.” But Honda and others pooh-poohed the idea, saying that it was already difficult to build bikes to the minimum weight limit. 17