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GP Week : Issue 115
Poncharal: “I’ll stay with the factory" MONSTER Tech3 Yamaha chief Hervé Poncharal has scotched rumours that he plans to switch from lease-team status to join the new Claiming Rule Team class next year. “I will stay with Yamaha, for sure,” he said. “ There are two reasons. First I have a very good relationship with Yamaha. Secondly, you can see how we are useful to them, for riders.” Ben Spies had moved straight from the France-based team to the factory squad alongside Lorenzo, after his rookie year with experienced team-mate Colin Edwards. This year, bright British rookie Cal Crutchlow has made an impact with team. “He’s good. Better than I expected,” said Poncharal. If the former Superbike race winner continues with his early form, a possible future scenario could see the satellite team supplied with a factory machine for him, should there be no place in the main team. At the Portuguese GP, IRTA chief Mike Trimby said he expected that some lease teams in MotoGP would be added to the 16 teams which had already indicated interest in the new Claiming Rule Team machines. “I think that the cost would be very favourable, compared with the current lease price,” he said. Current teams did need not apply in advance for the new class, since they already have a guaranteed entry. The most likely team to make the switch is LCR Honda, with some Ducati teams also considering the change. 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! “Give us more gas” Burgess calls for end of MotoGP economy run Moto GP news >> VALENTINO Rossi’s legendary crew chief Jerry Burgess knows how to solve the current dilemma of whether to apply weight penalties to lighter riders. “Give everyone two more litres of fuel,” he said, only half-jokingly. “ That would solve all the problems right away.” Marco Simoncelli is leading calls for a minimum combined rider/bike weight limit. This would mean lighter riders like Pedrosa would have to carry heavier ballast. All riders acknowledge that there the advantages and disadvantages of size tend to be evened out: bigger riders have more strength and weight to use when changing direction; smaller riders have better acceleration and top speed. Where the towering Italian feels the drawback is possibly in tyre wear but definitely in fuel consumption. “ The programme for fuel economy takes away some power,” explained Simoncelli. “For me, it comes on more than for other riders.” MotoGP currently runs a fuel limit of 21 litres. It will stay the same for 2012’s new one-litre rules, making fuel efficiency even more of an issue than for the current 800s. Production-based CRT bikes will be allowed 23 litres. 17