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GP Week : Issue 120
to access a huge global audience ADVeRTISe in gPWeeK HIGH SIDES n Turkish rider Kenan Sofuoglu was exonerated from blame for the accident that left Moto2 rival Julian Simon with a badly broken leg at Catalunya. Race Direction held a special investigation into the crash, with the absent Simon represented by his team sporting director Gino Borsoi. Simon broke both tibia and fibula in his right leg after getting hit from behind by Sofuoglu and then run over I the gravel trap. According to the official statement, “Race Direction concluded that ... Sofuoglu made every possible effort to try to avoid the collision. No sanction was inflicted.” n MotoGP’s official charity, Riders for Health, benefitted by almost £200,000 from the annual “Day of Champions” on the eve of the British GP. The total of £194,577 was more than £9,000 up on last year. An auction of memorabilia contributed £63,830 from the four-hour charity auction., with a pair of Colin Edwards’s leathers going for £3,300, and a track day with Bradley Smith sold for £1,500. n Two relative novices – Moto2 rookie Marc Marquez and 125 new boy Maverick Vinales – flanked the MotoGP front row at the post-practice press conference, and Stoner, Simoncelli and Lorenzo were asked if they felt threatened by this burgeoning talent. Simoncelli answered the best. “If I can suggest something to these riders, they should slow down a bit,” the reckless one joked. n Nicky Hayden made a first visit to the Isle of Man TT in the short break after Catalunya, and was full of the experience. “It was wild. Very enjoyable trip. I’ve been to a lot of different kinds of motorcycle racing. The atmosphere and the vibe – a lot of people that really want to be there. It reminded me a bit of Daytona week. I only got to see a little bit of racing, because it was rained off the day I was there. I just enjoyed my lap, pulling wheelies and waving to the crowd. It takes a special guy to race there. Part of me was thinking – this is crazy, but another part was wondering if it wouldn’t be interesting to do it. There’s a reason we don’t play golf.” n The Moto2 class is beset with chassis woes, with users of the latest Suter iteration happy with its improved speed, but not with its extreme sensitivity to settings and twitchy nature at the limit. FTR chassis uses are also having accuracy problems with the latest version. German manufacturer Kalex has seized the high ground, with Stefan Bradl running away with the title. CASEY Stoner is having the time of his life at the moment ... but it is not because a second World Championship is coming ever closer into his sights. It’s the race wins he enjoys, he said on the eve of adding another one at Silverstone. “ The reason I’m here is to win the championship of course. I’m happy with the way that is going. “But it is more pleasure to win races. You get to celebrate more often. With the championship you win, then two months later it’s gone again,” he said. His Silverstone win was the 27th in his premier class career, all achieved in the 800cc class. He is set fair to be the most successful 800cc rider. The next best is Rossi, with 21. But he has not added any more this year. Stoner: I want race wins FACTORY Marlboro Ducati riders Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden are both anxiously awaiting the next round of upgrades from Ducati. But while the American hopes he may get the latest chassis as soon as the next race, Rossi was convinced that they will not be getting a new chassis this year. Ducati’s minimalist carbon-fibre chassis links the steering head with the top of the engine, doubling as the airbox, with the rear suspension mounted directly to the other end of the engine. Since this tiny chassis must provide the controlled flex necessary for when the bike is leaned over, it is the current target for handling criticism. When it arrived after round three, both riders described it as “only a step, but in the right direction.” But while Hayden said that he had not been told of any deviation from the plan for a new unit at Assen in two weeks, Rossi had changed tack. The front was satisfactory now, he said, and he did not expect a revision. “I don’t think we will get another chassis this season.,” he said. The front- end feelings from the start of the year were behind them, he thought. “ Now we are waiting for something different for the rear. The rear is not stable, and does not help the front.” Asked if he might urge Ducati to build a more conventional full-length ‘Deltabox’ chassis in aluminium, he said: “First we have to understand if there is not the same potential with this type of chassis. For me, we have this potential. It is not a problem of material. And I hope it is not of design. We want to reach the same feeling as with a Deltabox.” Rossi’s problems at Silverstone had many causes, he said. He was unfamiliar with the track, and in the cold conditions it was hard to get enough heat into the tyres to start pushing the bike with confidence: “I am very slow in corner entry,” he said. “If I push, I can’t get my line and I run wide. But it is different from the feeling problems at the start of the year.” 16