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GP Week : Issue 123
One-litre Super-test fizzles out to access a huge global audience ADVeRTISe in gPWeeK EAGERLY anticipated special tests where next year’s 1000cc-rule bikes would have met in public for the first time have fizzled out for lack of interest – or of readiness, after Yamaha made a curt announcement that their planned tests had been postponed at the last minute. Yamaha was the last factory expected to turn up at Mugello, after Honda and Ducati had confirmed that they preferred to pursue their own test programme privately. Suzuki’s 1000cc plans remain shrouded in mystery, with rumours suggesting the factory may stay on next year with a one -rider team using this year’s 800cc machine possibly just wishful thinking from the beleaguered factory team. Ducati’s new bike has already been tested twice by Rossi and Hayden, and testing continues with the test team ... only eight days are allowed with regular riders. Stoner has also tested the new Honda, with Pedrosa’s injury preventing him from joining in. The Australian gave the new bike a rave review. Yamaha cancelled the Mugello test “to allow for further time for the development of the bike,” they said. The next chance Lorenzo and Spies will have to test the bike for the first time will be after the Czech Republic GP in mid-August. The riders hid their disappointment. “I think it’s a blessing in disguise,” said Spies. “ When we ride it we won’t just have a bike to ride, but also parts to test to give the engineers a better direction.” Lorenzo said: “The bike’s philosophy is similar to the current M1, and they have very good things to say to me about the motor. I can’t wait to try it. HIGH SIDES n Valentino Rossi’s Mugello problems were complicated when his long-time crew chief Jerry Burgess was absent for the first race in living memory, after flying home at short notice when his wife was diagnosed with cancer. Burgess is expected back for the next round in Germany; Rossi joined the paddock in a message of goodwill to Claudine Burgess, who worked in racing before their marriage. Rossi also lost the first practice session when both of his bikes were crippled by different electrical faults. n The all-round resurface at the spruced-up Ferrari-owned Mugello circuit was rapturously received by riders, with vivid memories of how bumps pulled up by F1 cars in the braking areas added a dangerous extra complication to a fast and challenging circuit. Lap records were smashed in all classes. n The Marc VDS team is on the brink of cancelling its BMW-Suter CRT- team bike project in favour of leasing a factory bike, according to a report in England’s MCN. The only known running CRT prototype was due for more tests at Mugello, but the machine has proved far from competitive in its early tests. n In the wake of the launch of Honda’s complete Moto3 bike but in advance of any definite launch from KTM, a second Moto3 engine was introduced at the Italian GP. Made by Ioda Racing and Robby Moto Engineering, the EMIR GP3 is a twin- cam four-valve 250 single with titanium engine internals, a cassette gearbox, 50- odd horsepower – and a discount price for early customers ... 12,000 Euros plus tax for orders place through August for November delivery. Ioda previously showed a Moto3 prototype at last year’s Portuguese GP. n Teams’ association IRTA and rights lease-holders Dorna have renewed their existing contract for a further five years, it was announced at Assen. The extended deal came 25 years after the formation of IRTA, which was originally a rebel power group highly instrumental in designing the structure of modern racing. Yamaha’s 2012 MotoGP bike delayed 16