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GP Week : Issue 123
LORIS Capirossi has been ruled out for at least the next two races, after doctors diagnosed possible complications with injuries received when he crashed in practice for the Dutch TT the week before his home GP. The Pramac-Ducati rider was diagnosed with two broken ribs and a dislocated right shoulder at the time, but further investigation showed that the rib fractures were serious, and that on could put Capirossi’s life at risk, should he ride again before it has healed, according to his team. According to technical director Fabiano Sterlacchini, “there is the risk that the bone can come in contact with the organs and cause serious damage.” The team drafted in former Pramac Ducati rider Sylvain Guintoli to take over his duties, both at Mugello post-race tests and for the next two races, the German GP at the Sachsenring in two weeks, and the US GP the following weekend. His absence freed Sterlacchini to move to the Ducati factory team for the weekend, where Rossi’s crew was short-handed due to the unexpected absence of crew chief Jerry Burgess (see “GP High Sides”) Images used in GPWEEK are shot by the photo-artists at Sutton Images. Posters available of any shot – CLICK HERE for more information Interested in Aussie V8 Supercars? CLICK HERE to access Australasian Motorsport eNews ... Images used in GPWEEK are shot by the photo-artists at Sutton Images. Posters available of any shot – CLICK HERE for more information Keep up with Aussie V8 Supercars! CLICK HERE to access Australasian Motorsport eNews ... The world of MoTorsporTdirecTly Toyour deskTop Issue No. 146 March16 -22 2010 WHINCUP INA FORMULA 1 CAR AT ALBERT PARK REIGNINGCHAMPSSETFORF1/V8 CARSWAPNEXTWEEK –FULLDETAILS INSIDE! POWER PLAY! Aussies fight itout inIndyCar opener – and Will wins! EXCLUSIVE! Moto GP news >> ALMOST all the MotoGP riders and many leading lights from the other classes have signed a letter to Dorna and the FIM, informing the GP rights-holder and the federation that they are not prepared to race at the rescheduled Japanese GP without definite assurances that the situation with the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant is completely safe. The exact contents of the letter is not known, with some riders denying knowledge of it, but it is understood that all except Japanese rider Hiro Aoyama have signed it. The matter was discussed at length at the riders’ Safety Commission meeting on Friday, with one of those present, Colin Edwards, saying afterwards: “None of us want to go, and (Dorna CEO) Carmelo Ezpeleta told us he doesn’t want to go either.” It was not just the riders who were reluctant, but also mechanics and hordes of other paddock staff. Their case was boosted by a posting on the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs website, saying that the minimum safe distance from the plant was 120 km – Motegi is 110 km away. The official response was more shuffling of papers, with the promised definitive announcement about the race not forthcoming. Instead, the FIM issued a statement in the name of president Vito Ippolito, repeating that not only the GP but also the Suzuka Eight-Hour at the end of July and the World Trial round at Motegi in August remain on the calendar. “In the present circumstances and with the elements on our hands, including reassuring statements from various governments concerning travel restrictions, I cannot but reaffirm what was said in the previous press release,” said Ippolito. The FIM was still awaiting an independent report specifically about Motegi “that will be released later this month,” the statement continued, adding “we will continue to monitor the situation very closely to make sure that the safety and health of everyone involved is guaranteed at all times.” The Japanese GP was postponed after the earthquake/tsunami catastrophe in March until October 2. Damage to the track has been repaired, but the riders’ reluctance to race there has grown in spite of repeated reassurances of safety. Japanese GP row hits stalemate Capirossi out for two, Guntoli back in Officials say ‘Yes’ – Riders say ‘No’ 17