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GP Week : Issue 117
17 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! Rossi ‘track-tests’ Silverstone ... Moto GP news >> VALENTINO Rossi took advantage of a visit to the Silverstone circuit to get down to some serious laps, to learn the layout of the fast and highly technical circuit, at 3.667 miles the longest of the season. But Rossi had to come back to the pits in a van after the 1198SP Ducati World Superbike machine developed an electronic fault. He switched to a stock road-registered 1098 while the fault was traced, and completed some 30 laps ... plus a few more in a Porsche RS GT2 car with bike fan Mark Webber. He missed the inaugural race at the revised Silverstone last year after breaking his leg at Mugello, and was eager to make a start at learning the circuit. Rossi enjoyed the circuit, scene of great battles with his past heroes Barry Sheene and Kenny Roberts: “It’s very good, very hard,” he told journalists. “A lot of parts are so fast, so the lines will be very important. I like it.” Rossi also met John Surtees, along with other racing luminaries attending the official opening of the track’s striking new £27-million pit/paddock complex, on the opposite side from the old traditional buildings. DORNA is coming under increasing pressure to cancel the Japanese GP, rescheduled for October 2, as team crewmen add new voices of concern to the fears already expressed by the riders. As reported last week, several riders including Rossi, Lorenzo, Simoncelli and Stoner had expressed serious reser vations about racing at Motegi, barely 120 km from the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant, in spite of reassurances of safety from all official sources. “ The situation is still not contained. Anyway, the race seems quite unimportant, compared with what happened there,” said Stoner. Now the Ducati team, in an internal letter to manager Vittoriano Guareschi, has asked the factory for its opinion on the dangers of lingering radiation. Separately, Honda factory team manager Livio Suppo has proposed to HRC chief Shuhei Nakamoto that they should seek an independent report on radiation levels at Motegi. Although FIM representative Claude Danis visited the track last week to report on repairs to the circuit, there was no investigation into the nuclear threat. Risks so far from the nuclear plant, which suffered melt-down as a result of the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami on April 11, are considered almost negligible; while repairs to the damaged circuit are under way. Dorna has promised a decision at the end of July. Teams ask for clarification on nuclear threat ... but his Ducati breaks down