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GP Week : Issue 119
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! Moto GP news >> THE list of new teams for next year’s revised MotoGP class, due to be announced at Catalunya, has been put on hold for at least a week, amid arguments about the controversial claiming rule that will allow factory teams to “claim” any engine they feel is too successful. “Some teams want the rules changed so there is a performance criterion,” explained IRTA chief Mike Trimby. Claiming would then only take place if a CRT achieved certain results. Discussions over the coming week would, he hoped, establish acceptable rules. “ We want to announce the list at the next race at Silverstone ... we can’t wait until the next race at Assen.” He would not give a number of the new teams, but said: “enough deposits have been paid and it is looking quite encouraging.” Nor could he say how many new teams would race under the looser CRT rules, with double the engine allocation and extra fuel. “Some teams are still either/or, waiting to see if they can lease factory bikes or if CRT will be a better option,” he said. Under the claiming rule, only full factory teams will be allowed to claim engines, at 15,000 Euros or 20,000 with gearbox, and only once from any one team. One proposed new team is from Scotland, run by entrepreneur Ian Arnott. Arnott originally planned to join as a constructor, but is now considering the CRT option, with an Aprilia RSV-4 engine as base. His team includes former Suzuki crew chief Stuart Shenton and former Dunlop engineer Peter Ingley. “I am not very happy with the claiming rule as it stands,” he said. “I am not prepared to lose our technology for 15,000 Euros. We are withholding our deposit until it is satisfactorily resolved.” Announcement of new MotoGP entries delayed Rossi: ‘I am almost at my maximum now’ Claiming Rule teams request late rule change Ducati releases new engine 17