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GP Week : Issue 124
Capirossi come-back AFTER Yamahas won the last two races, ending Honda’s dominant run of four in a row, defending champion Jorge Lorenzo believes the Yamaha package has now become competitive. But next weekend’s German GP will be a severe test, at a track where Honda has the best record in the MotoGP era. Lorenzo’s second win of the year closed him to within 19 points of overall leader Stoner, and his title hopes have been rekindled. “Now we have a competitive bike, and I hope to keep this pace. I am more motivated and confident for the future,” he said after winning at Mugello. He described it as “one of the most demanding races in my career. “ The ‘Martillo’ (Hammer) is back,” he said. But Stoner sees no great improvement to the Yamaha, he told Britain’s MCN. “I think Jorge is just riding with more confidence ... I don't see the bike working any better,” he said. “I've been behind it a few times and it seems to be pretty much the same. “People don’t realise there is not a big step between the bikes,” he continued. “All the bikes out there are capable of winning and doing well.” 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 Interested in 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 >> REIGNING Moto2 champion Toni Elias has two more races to redeem his reputation and save his job with the LCR satellite Honda team, as the atmosphere in the pit worsens race by race. But the difficulty lies in finding a credible replacement. The team has already been turned down by John Hopkins, while rumours that Garry McCoy might take over seem far-fetched. A former premier-class GP winner and spasmodic rostrum finisher, Elias was indomitable in Moto2 last year, but his return to the big class has been disastrous. While the Hondas in general dominate the class, Elias has been last or close to last in almost every race. Asked by GPWEEK whether he thought a year in Moto2 had spoiled his style, he denied it. “My problems are many – grip is one, but not only that. I don’t know why my results are worse than previously, but I think every year looks like it is more difficult.” In fact, Elias struggled somewhat in the previous year, as the rider worst affected by the switch to control Bridgestone tyres. His extreme style and light weight had previously meant he used softer tyres than almost anyone else, but these were no longer available. This year, Elias has been at odds with the machine and also his team technicians, unable to agree on a setting direction to find improvement. For the next race, according to team spokesman Oscar Haro, “we will return to the set-up suggested by HRC and our team leader, and Toni will assume his role as pilot. The RC212V has proved to be very competitive. The only bike that is not at the front is ours.” Slow-coach Elias under threat Yamaha revival to face Sachsenring test “Of all the Hondas, only ours is uncompetitive” – team spokesman 17