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GP Week : Issue 125
to access a huge global audience ADVeRTISe in gPWeeK HIGH SIDES n The MotoGP grid will be swelled from 17 to 18 at next weekend’s US GP by a rare wild card entry. Former World Superbike rider Ben Bostrom will race a second LCR Honda as temporary team-mate to Toni Elias. Wild cards are seldom seen in the premier class, since control Bridgestone tyres imposed potential contract clashes. n Italian fuel giant ENI (formerly Agip) will be the official fuel and oil supplier to next year’s new 125- replacing Moto3 class until 2014 and possibly beyond, with the same company’s contract with Moto2 also extended to the same date, it was announced at the Sachsenring. n Valentino Rossi’s renowned crew chief Jerry Burgess missed a second race in succession, but the rider hopes he will be back at next weekend’s US GP. “ We miss Jeremy a lot,” he said. Burgess missed the Italian GP two weeks ago, returning home to Australia, where his wife Claudine had been diagnosed with cancer. n Racing’s judiciary had a busy weekend in Germany, handing out fines left right and centre for a variety of reasons. An on-track clash in Moto2 had seen Briton Scott Redding striking Marc Marquez after the Spaniard had got in his way in free practice. He was fined 3,000 Euros; Marquez was fined 1,000 Euros for responding by flipping Redding the bird. Hector Barbera was fined the same amount for doing the same to Hayden in MotoGP qualifying. And three 125 riders, Alexis Masbou, Joan Perello and Jasper Iwema, were fined 500 Euros each for riding too slowly and dropping behind the Safety Car before the start of the Italian GP at Mugello. n The Sachsenring GP was a landmark for Rossi, marking his 250th start. “It means I am very old. I would prefer if it was my 50th,” he said. With 105 wins, it gives him a success rate of 42 percent. n Dunlop recorded its 125th consecutive 125-class win at Sachsenring, in the only class where there is still open tyre completion. TOP MotoGP rookie Karel Abraham has promised that he will retaliate to Casey Stoner’s attack at Mugello tests a week ago, by making sure that if he finds himself in the Australian’s way during qualifying, he will stay there. The pair clashed after Stoner alleged Abraham had been in his way on a fast testing lap on the last corner of the track. “I had to swerve ... I was a bit disappointed,” he said. At the next corner, after the long straight, Stoner slowed and gesticulated at the Czech AB Cardion Ducati rider. Abraham gestured back, then said Stoner ran into him. He crashed him back, and when they got the pits Abraham marched over and confronted the championship leader. “Nobody spits in my face,” he said. “I am trying to do my best, and if I ever break Stoner’s lap, it is never on purpose.” Stoner is notorious for his lack of tolerance of slower riders, and particularly to those who follow him to try to improve their lap times, and his explanation of the argument with Abraham encompassed all these points. But Abraham was not for capitulating: “I know he is much faster than me, but I am also trying to get a good lap time,” he said. “I told him he should think about the way he is rude to other riders, and that the next time if it happens in qualifying, and it is three minutes to the end and I see him behind me, I will not go out of the line.” “I will block Stoner” – Karel Abraham ... 14