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GP Week : Issue 117
16 v Home race in the balance for stricken Dani DANI Pedrosa faces yet another fight for fitness for his home GP the weekend after next, after choosing quick-fix surger y for his freshly broken right collar-bone. The Spanish would-be title contender, only just recovered after surgery to fix persistent problems with his broken left collarbone, weighed up the option of natural healing, then decided to under the knife on Wednesday. Putting his trust in the same Barcelona medical team that finally fixed the previous injury, removing a titanium plate after the Spanish GP at the start of April, Pedrosa was fitted with a new plate on the right side. Pedrosa hoped to start passive rehabilitation today (Monday), but his participation in the GP of Catalunya on June 5 remains in serious doubt. The 25-year-old Spaniard won the Catalunyan race in 2008, and was runner- up last year to Lorenzo. He currently lies third overall, five points adrift of new second-place man Stoner, and 17 behind Lorenzo. Footnote: Italian website GPOne.com has waspishly contradict Pedrosa’s manager Alberto Puig’s assertion that Simoncelli had cost Pedrosa a championship chance. Puig had, said the report, “wasted his chance to keep quiet”; continuing by pointing out Dani’s poor win rate compared with Lorenzo and Stoner, and that after six years as a factory Honda rider and only 12 wins, Pedrosa now equals Randy Mamola and Max Biaggi for the most number of race wins without a title. to access a huge global audience ADVeRTISe in gPWeeK HIGH SIDES n Yamaha is taking advantage of its lack of a team sponsor to run special livery celebrating 50 years of racing. The MotoGP bikes of Jorge Lorenzo and Ben Spies will be bedecked in the classic red and white used by the factory in its early racing years; updated with a tribute to the broken black stripe used by Kenny Roberts in the 1970s. The livery will be used at Assen and Laguna Seca. n Rossi’s crew chief Jerry Burgess has complimented Ducati predecessor Casey Stoner, in the light of his first four races with the Desmosedici. Stoner had obviously been taking great risks to achieve what he had, said Burgess to former GP winner Darryl Beattie, interviewed for Australia’s Channel 10. “Perhaps Casey had to ride too close to the limit to win. The margin Casey had was a lot slimmer than we would like on the bike that Valentino rides.” n Suzuki will decide “at the end of July” whether to continue to take part in MotoGP, according to team manager Paul Denning. But the signs are not good. While Honda and Yamaha are developing 1000cc bikes for the new rules, there is no sign of a machine from Suzuki. Meanwhile, a team insider revealed that equipment from Capirossi’s side of the garage was not retained, after they dropped rider strength to one for this year. n The MZ factory has for the present abandoned attempts to build its own steel-tube chassis for its Moto2 machine, and from Le Mans put second rider Anthony West on a British FTR chassis. Team-mate Max Neukirchner already uses an FTR, after rejecting the MZ chassis before the season. The MZ was the last steel frame in any class. n Nerves are stretched in the MotoGP class, with most riders showing obvious signs of stress build-up: Stoner punching de Puniet, Lorenzo railing against Simoncelli etc. At 32 Rossi is amused by the situation, which works in his favour. He got laughs from the Silverstone racing crowd by saying drily: “This year, the young guys are very excited.”