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GP Week : Issue 126
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! THE resolve of the rebel MotoGP riders for a mass boycott of the Japanese GP seemed to be crumbling at Laguna Seca, with the previous week’s firm assurances of unwillingness replaced by equivocation, hesitation or (in the case of Stoner) an abrupt refusal to discuss the matter. And while Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta has received the independent Motegi radiation report he had commissioned at the riders’ request, the contents remained a tightly guarded secret. It will be released in full to teams and riders once it has been translated from Italian into Spanish and English during the coming week, and a public statement will follow on July 31. All informed opinion expects the report to be in favour of the race going ahead as rescheduled on October 2, with no appreciable radiation danger at the circuit, which is owned by Honda. Stoner said firmly in Germany that he wouldn’t be going, and snapped at an American reporter who asked him at Laguna. Later a Repsol Honda spokesman requested journalists to drop the subject with their star rider. Stoner’s team-mate Dovizioso revealed that he, Stoner and Pedrosa had a meeting with HRC boss Shuhei Nakamoto on Thursday, and that “I think for everybody it is good to wait for the results of the investigation. After that we will decide.” Lorenzo, another definite “no” at the Sachsenring had meantime softened his words, saying he would be willing to go to Japan ... but not to Motegi, some 130 km from the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant. The word from several other teams is that the riders will do as they are told, while all Japanese factories are clearly much in favour of the race going ahead. Ducati are thought to have offered all their employees a get-out-of-jail-free card should they prefer not to go. It appears likely that most of the riders will attend. It would be hard for Stoner to decline, at such a crucial state of the championship. Footnote: The controversy made it ironic that US graphic designer Troy Lee had chosen this race to debut a special Troy Lee Designs helmet, worn by Rizla Suzuki’s Alvaro Bautista. It bore a Japanese flag on top, with the flags of all nations that host a MotoGP round. It will be auction at Indianapolis, the proceeds to Japanese tsunami victims. Motegi sanction – riders back down 17