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GP Week : Issue 122
n Yamaha ran a parade of historic bikes and riders at Assen, with two- strokes of various sizes ridden by (among others) Giacomo Agostini, Phil Read, Chas Mortimer and Stevie Baker on a rainy race day. Their MotoGP bikes were also in classic red and white livery. Cynics remarked that the Aspar Ducati of Hector Barbera has been running very similar tribute livery all year. n The Catalunyan GP, feared likely to be dropped next year in favour of expansion outside Spain, has been confirmed to stay on the calendar until 2016. This means four races in Spain will continue for the immediate future. Hopes of a race in Abu Dhabi have been canned after organisers declined to make required alterations to the track; India will not be on the calendar until 2013 at the earliest. n After the spray nightmare at Silverstone, riders have suggested that MotoGP should follow F1’s lead, fitting a tail-light to the bikes in rainy conditions. It was one of several suggestions at a lively and well- attended Safety Commission meeting – the closest thing MotoGP has to F1’s compulsory driver’s briefing. Asked if he was not worried that lights might not be dazzling on a spray-wet visor, Nicky Hayden replied: “I’d rather be dazzled than not see anything at all.” n Poker-faced Ben Spies said, in his usual down-beat monotone, that his first win hadn’t quite sunk in yet “because I’m still pumped up with adrenalin from the race.” Casey Stoner got a good laugh when he chipped in: “If this is what you’re like when you’re full of adrenalin, I’d hate to see you when you’re not.” n Girl racer Elena Rosell, substituting for injured Moto2 star Julian Simon, had a rough ride in her first GP. The Spanish national racer crashed three times in the first two free practices, and ended up so badly knocked about that she didn’t attempt qualifying. Teams line up to recruit Moto2 leader to access a huge global audience ADVeRTISe in gPWeeK GERMAN Moto2 runaway series leader Stefan Bradl has offers on the table from both Honda and Yamaha, as well as the option of staying with his current privateer team, for his expected move to MotoGP next year. The 21-year-old son of a GP winner has won four out of six races in the run up to Assen, building up a record tally of points after just six races in any class – his lead before the Dutch TT was 62 points. He currently rides for the German Viessmann Kiefer team in Moto2, and the team is one of six accepted for next year’s new Claiming Rule Team (CRT ) MotoGP class. Bradl is contemplating the wisdom of staying there for a low-key learning year in the big class, or climbing straight onto the factory-rider ladder. Honda want to recruit him for the private LCR team for next year; while Yamaha is ready to slot him in to their satellite Tech 3 team. “I have decided I just want to enjoy my job now,” said Bradl. “It is really fun, and I want to continue like that and not speak too much about the future.” HIGH SIDES Honda and Yamaha bid for Stefan Bradl 16