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GP Week : Issue 130
Moto GP news >> STILL the only CRT machine to have seen the light of day, the Suter-BMW that had been so disappointing on its first outing at Mugello took a big step forward at the second attempt, with rider Mika Kallio (right) cutting one full third off the margin to Stoner’s fastest time. The improvement is the more significant because the six- second gap at Mugello was to an 800cc machine, whereas 4.083 seconds at Brno was compared with a full 1000cc Honda, itself more than half-a-second faster than the 800. The lap time renewed hopes for several entrants to the class: both the proposed Interwetten team and the Marc VDS team that is helping develop the Suter had been wavering in their resolve after the discouraging first outing. IRTA general secretary Mike Trimby said there was still some doubt about some of the teams accepted for MotoGP this year, and that they will lose their deposits if they pull out.“At the moment, as far as we know, Forward Racing and Speed Master are going ahead, BQR have a Kawasaki project under way. There was some doubt about Paddock GP Racing and Marc VDS, pending results of Brno tests – which were more encouraging. “ We extended the deadline for Kiefer Racing, but that extension has passed. Their participation depends on getting the backing to run a satellite Honda for Stefan Bradl.” THE old men of the MotoGP grid – Loris Capirossi (38) and Colin Edwards (37) – are both considering deferring planned retirement for one more year. And each may end up back on the World Superbike grid, if there is no MotoGP slot available. Capirossi had promised “an important announcement” at the last round at Brno, and had hinted it would be or retirement. But instead he said the announcement would come only in two races time – and this time a different possibility has emerged: of a return to Ducati, in the production-machine series. Edwards had also expected that this would be his last year, having already prolonged his career considerably longer than he had expected. “My plan was that at 32 or 33 I’d be done. And I could have done that. Problem is, I am still motivated to race motorcycles.” Edwards hoped he might stay at Yamaha’s satellite Tech 3 team for another year, but negotiations were not promising, as his next comment about Yamaha racing boss Lin Jarvis revealed. “In Lin Jarvis’s eyes [the motivation] is a bad thing. In my eyes ... I’m the boss of me. I’ll decide what I want to do.” He had been in contact with BMW, he admitted, in talks about joining the factory Superbike team. “I’ve spoken to them. There’s an idea ... but there’s also another idea. We’ll wait and see.” CRT teams take heart as Suter- BMW steps up Capirossi and Edwards eye Superbike switch 13