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GP Week : Issue 120
CAL Crutchlow’s promising run in this rookie MotoGP year came to an abrupt end at the start of qualifying for his home GP. Crutchlow’s progress in his first year has been impressive: more so his enthusiastic adaptation from World Superbikes to a full MotoGP machine. But the Tech 3 Yamaha rider was caught out by a cold tyre at Silverstone, and suffered concussion and a smashed left collar-bone when he fell heavily on only his third lap. Crutchlow’s best so far was seventh in Catalunya a week ago, and he had been looking forward to his home race, at only the second track this year he has seen before. Ever since Qatar he has been learning tracks as well as the Yamaha M1 and Bridgestone tyres. “I’ll be a session ahead of normal when we get there,” he said. Last year Crutchlow claimed a double World Superbike win at Silverstone; and his return had been going well. Fourth in Friday’s wet session, he was fifth in the dry on Saturday morning, and tipped for a possible rostrum if the weather should be iffy. He crashed on the change of direction between turns one and two, the first left- hander for some time. It was blamed on a too-cool tyre on that side. Crutchlow did not lose consciousness, and was clutching his left shoulder as he slid; but he suffered concussion, the worst result of which may be to delay surgery while doctors await full recovery. Crutchlow was under observation in hospital in Oxford, and the team was awaiting news on Sunday as to when he could be transferred to Manchester for surgery. Stoner commented: “It was almost a fairy tale the way it was going. Coming to an end this way is not fair. He’s impressed me, and seemed to be enjoying it.” Crutchlow under weather after home GP nightmare THE list of new teams eligible to join the revised MotoGP class next season was delayed again at Silverstone, but has been promised for Wednesday of this week. It was originally due for publication at Catalunya last weekend, then deferred for clarification of the claiming rule. The MSMA has now agreed that there should be a performance criterion before the rule can be exercised (only full factory teams are allowed to claim a CRT engine), but details are yet to be revealed. Teams’ association IRTA general secretary Mike Trimby professed himself “a little frustrated” by the delay. “From our side, everything is ready. The list is finalised and we were ready to publish it ... but Dorna has delayed it until Wednesday.” One reason, he thought, might be that Dorna is not yet sure how many factory teams and riders there will be. Although Suzuki is likely to withdraw, the Aspar team plans to enter a second Ducati rider, maintaining numbers at 17. “If there are 17, then there will be space only for five more riders, or seven, depending on whether they go for 22 or 24 on the grid,” he said. Although unable to give numbers, it seems certain that some applicants have been unsuccessful. It is understood that Norton’s bid has foundered, with the company facing financial difficulties. Most of the teams will be drawn from the current Moto2 class. Those moving up include Marc VDS and Interwetten. New teams list delayed ... again! 14