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GP Week : Issue 115
v WITH pits already overflowing at most tracks, and paddocks strained to bursting point, a bulging sack of potential entries for next year’s new Moto3 class will put yet more pressure on racing. Hopes of holding the grid to a maximum of 36 are fading, and it may be expanded to up to 40 bikes, said a MotoGP spokesman. The new class replaces the two-stroke 125s with 250cc four-stroke singles. The Moto2 grid is currently hovering at 39 permanent entries, after attempts to cut that back to 36 also failed. At least seven more riders are expected in MotoGP next year, with the new production-based CRT machines, with 16 teams applying and 14 teams (with 21 riders) provisionally accepted in Portugal for the next stage of registration. New rules last year banned paddock motorhomes for newcomers in the smaller classes, but this has barely eased overcrowding at some circuits, with Le Mans already filled to overflowing for next week’s race. to access a huge global audience ADVeRTISe in gPWeeK Space crisis looms as Moto3 pulls in the entries HIGH SIDES n Hot on the heels of the big- screen 3D film of the Isle of Man TT, new feature-length MotoGP film ‘Faster’ is set for summer release. Filmed during the 2010 and 2011 seasons, it brings the concept of the acclaimed “Faster” film of the two-stroke era into the MotoGP age. n The 1000cc Suter Racing CRT prototype joined private test sessions at Estoril last Tuesday, with riders Damian Cudlin and Carmelo Morales on the BMW- powered machine. The Swiss chassis manufacturer is well ahead of his rivals: the latest bike has switched from stock to specialised electronics, and was using the latest Bridgestones. The Marc VDS Moto2 team is helping with development, but rider Scott Redding has yet to sample the bike. n Riders were unanimously in favour of a new Bridgestone tyre, planned for 2012 but brought to Estoril tests. But requests for the rear to be put into action straight away fell on deaf ears: the control Bridgestone tyres are made months in advance of races and shipped by sea, and the allocation for the rest of this year already assigned. n Kawasaki’s World Superbike team was present and correct at Monza for the World Superbike round, with team boss Paul Bird having issued a statement about the drugs bust, in which more than £1- million worth of cocaine, cannabis and amphetamines were found in the truck. The discovery had come as a shock to the team, including the drivers, it said, adding: “The team are confident that no team member has any connection whatsoever with the items discovered. No one has been detained after the time of the search and all team members are able to undertake their normal duties n “It’s like a [Yamaha] M1 – but with horsepower.” Rossi’s succinct way of describing the latest Honda, which have been hogging the results this year. VALENTINO Rossi has spoken to inflame the row that threatens to engulf Marco Simoncelli – dubbing the new generation of MotoGP riders “pussies” compared with his heroes from the two-stroke days. Talking earlier of Stoner’s complaints about his hard riding on occasion, Rossi called on his memories of his favourite races: “It’s like that Wayne Rainey goes to Kevin Schwantz after Suzuka in 1991 and says: ‘Ah – you are not polite!’ Or Michael Doohan with Wayne Gardner in Phillip Island after the epic battled they had: ‘You are a bastard.’ This is the race. This is what happens.” After the race, he enlarged on his views when he commented on the spat between Simoncelli and Lorenzo: “In the past, this was normal. The riders were more like real men. Now it is more like they are children.” New generation riders are pussies – RoSSi 16