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GP Week : Issue 123
Moto GP news >> FORMER 125 champion and 250 runner up Andrea Dovizioso has slammed the 250-replacing Moto2 class as “the opposite” of what a rider needs to prepare him for MotoGP racing. Instead of developing a rider’s style, a lack of horsepower and clumsy handling do the opposite, he said. Speaking in an interview released by his team, the Italian waxed lyrical in defence of the lost 250s as a much better preparation for the top class. “ There is no comparison,” he said. “Moto2 is bad for many reasons. The 250 two-stroke, there's nothing similar to MotoGP, but if you are fast on a 250, you are fast, because it's so difficult to be fast on a 250. It means you did a good job, you can understand many things, and you are really precise on the throttle.” Switching to four-stroke MotoGP bikes was no problem in spite of the different character. “If you see in the past all the talent came from 250, and from the first year they can fight for the podium and fight for the victory. Many people come from Superbike and it’s very similar to MotoGP, but nothing happens. “It means if you are fast in 250 there is a reason. In Moto2, no. “I never tried the bike, so I can't say exactly, but it looks like there isn’t enough power. So it's easy because it's a four- stroke and you have too much engine braking. This makes it slide on the entry and this is the opposite way of riding 250 and MotoGP. Completely the opposite way,” he continued. “So you learn a style different from MotoGP and this style makes the talent of the riders close, because this is the limit of the bikes. You can do nothing about that.” Bridgestone bows to tyre demands DANI Pedrosa finally stopped speculation about his prolonged absence after breaking his collar-bone at the French GP seven weeks ago, returning at last to his Repsol Honda seat at Mugello, although still well short of full strength. But the little Spaniard was in a resentful frame of mind, crisply refuting reports that he had exacerbated his injury during the extended recuperation period, and roundly condemning his assailant Marco Simoncelli, and all who doubted his complete guilt in the Le Mans incident. The pair met at the pre- event Press conference, sitting in adjacent chairs but studiously ignoring each other. In fact, as revealed by a video that later surfaced on YouTube, they’d met outside, where Pedrosa had haughtily turned away from Simoncelli’s proffered handshake of apology. Pedrosa’s injury had been plated directly after the crash, but he missed races in Catalunya, England and the Netherlands while obliged to undergo a second operation to fix a loose chip of bone. It was strongly rumoured that the extra injury was the result of falling off a Supermotard bike while training; while questions were asked after a bowling alley stuck pictures of the visiting Dani on its web-site. He hadn’t actually bowled, nor had he crashed, he said. “Do you think I'm stupid or what?” he snapped at the questioner. The bone chip had not been dislodged in a crash: “ That’s not true. I explained this five times, in my blog and Press release. How many times do you need this explained? I was doing my therapy and one small piece of the collar- bone opened up. Every time I exercised this was causing pain.” Asked whether he stood by his and manager Alberto Puig’s comments about his rival’s reckless riding at the French race, he was even more animated. “If somebody still is doubting about this, it’s unbelievable. “In Estoril he was laughing about if somebody will arrest him, but maybe he needs it, because I tell you on his head there is nothing but hair.” Simoncelli, himself still smarting from a self-admitted “stupid mistake” at Assen, looked into the middle distance, and said: “For me the things that he and his manger said are stupid things and it is better don’t speak with them.” Pedrosa comes back fighting, but not quite fit Moto2 “the opposite” of a MotoGP training ground Dovizioso slams the feeder class 15