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GP Week : Issue 125
Moto GP news >> 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! BRIDGESTONE and Dorna have been pushed into mid- season change of tyre regulations, effective in two races time, after a growing chorus of complaints and a growing list of accidents and injuries led to a mass protest by riders at the Friday evening Safety Commission meeting at the Sachsenring. All but one of the MotoGP riders attended the meeting (the exception was rookie Karel Abraham) to voice their opinions – backed up by four big-name crashes for the same reason and in the same place in the cool morning first free practice. Casey Stoner was the first to crash, on his first full lap, losing the front at the fast right-hand kink before the ‘waterfall’ back straight. It is one of only three right-handers on the pocket-handkerchief Sachsenring circuit, and follows a long run of seven left-handers, taken at increasing speed, and without any hard braking to regain temperature in the front tyre. He fell very heavily, and so too did Dani Pedrosa, Valentino Rossi and Toni Elias during the session, all extremely lucky to escape serious injury (Rossi suffered a bad graze on his arm, but went out again later in the session). Following on injuries to both Cal Crutchlow and Colin Edwards this year, plus to Rossi and Hiro Aoyama last, the riders felt it was time to draw a line under it. Dorna and Bridgestone agreed, and by Sunday the Japanese tyre company, sole supplier to the MotoGP class, had proposed more tyres and a greater front tyre choice, effective from Brno. The proposal is expected to be ratified, with a rule change at next weekend’s US GP. At present, riders get eight front and ten rear tyres for the weekend, with two compounds for each. From Brno onwards the number of front slicks will be increased to nine, and a third (softer) compound choice will be introduced, in case of cold conditions or other problems. They will still get ten rear slicks in two compounds, but there will be more freedom of choice, with riders able to choose four of one and six of the other, instead of five of each. “I am very pleased ... it is what we asked for,” said Rossi, echoing the view of all his colleagues. Valencia and Phillip Island will be exceptions, because the softest possible option is already on the menu; while in Malaysia hot conditions and hard braking zones mean the opposite. Rider-power forces tyre rule change 15