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GP Week : Issue 133
RIDERS are expected to reveal their final decisions about attending the rescheduled Japanese GP at Motegi at Aragon, with the race only two weeks away. And after the collapse of Rossi’s last- ditch attempt to organise unilateral resistance, answers of most are expected to be in the affirmative. Rossi at first stood back from the argument, letting Stoner and Lorenzo lead the chorus of unwillingness; but as each changed his tune in the coming weeks was forced into the leading role. He has persistently deferred announcing his own decision, and did so again at Misano. Stoner spoke of the futility of trying to organise resistance, and said: “I’m going my own way. I’m not saying whether I will go or not.” Ducati communications chief Francesco Rapisarda said that the factory team would be there, other things remaining equal. “If nothing changes before then, there is no reason not to go. Our CEO Gabriele del Torchio will also attend, even though there is an important road-bike launch at the same time.” If Rossi does rebel, there is a fear that some satellite teams will follow suit. 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 MoTorsporT direcTly To your deskTop IssueNo. 146 March16-22 2010 WHINCUP INA FORMULA 1 CAR AT ALBERT PARK REIGNINGCHAMPS SETFORF1/V8 CARSWAP NEXTWEEK – FULLDETAILS INSIDE! POWER PLAY! Aussiesfightit out inIndyCar opener – and Will wins! EXCLUSIVE! Moto GP news >> “I’m not challenging Doohan” – Stoner Japan: crunch comes at Aragon CASEY Stoner may be in danger of catching up his idol Mick Doohan’s grand prix win rate. But the younger Australian is definitely not mounting a challenge to the idol of his youth. Doohan won 54 GPs in a career spanning 11 years. Stoner has got more than half that number of wins, in six years. Doohan’s rate of wins per start was 39.4 percent. Stoner’s is 31.25, but with a total of 96 starts to Doohan’s 137, that percentage could change significantly if he were to repeat his recent run of three wins in a row. But Stoner is adamant there is no comparison to be made. “I’m definitely not challenging Mick for win rate. I’m not challenging him for championships. Not for anything like that,” he said. “He was the person I looked up to the most. When I was watching in the 1980s, it was always Mick, even before he went GP racing. Myself and my family always loved Mick, and the difficulty he came back from just showed tremendous determination,” he continued. Stoner did admit the five-time World Champion’s career had been an inspiration: “I think that is something I have always lived by. When I see people give up because of small injuries, it frustrates and annoys me. When you think what Mick went through and came back from to win, I think people need to wake up a little,” he said. “At the same time I’ve never been short of drive. Never needed anybody to pump me up or get me going. I can do it all myself. I have enough competitive edge inside me that I don’t need anybody else,” he concluded.