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GP Week : Issue 134
MOTOGP ITALY >> Valentino rossi claimed yet another “first” at aragon. It was not one he would have sought out. He became the first rider to fall foul of the engine limitation rules, taking a start from pit lane as a consequence. The rules allow each rider six engines per season (nine for Suzuki, until they return to the winner’s circle). Last year, it was enough for everybody. This year, it may not be. But Rossi’s need was for the artificial reason. Every time he gets a new chassis the engine design has to change to suit the new mounting points. He already discarded three motors when the GP11.1 turned up for Assen, one of them hardly used, one race old. His latest aluminium chassis is different again, and although engine number six, broken out for the last race at Misano, had already been modified to suit both chassis, the other two had to go. The decision came after problems in qualifying put him 13th on the grid. Since he would have to do it sometime soon, this was as good a time as any. He took part in the warm-up lap, then pulled into pit lane and rolled to the exit line. Ten seconds after the others had been flagged off he was released. The start line being some way back, it didn’t cost too much, as he said later. At the end of the first lap he was 7.4 seconds behind the leader. And he set about the back markers forthwith. But anyone (Rossi included) who expected a storming ride to the front was to be disappointed. The new chassis hadn’t really improved anything, his efforts destroyed the rear tyre, and it wasn’t too long before he was losing ground on the leaders, and then positions on the track. Given his other problems, “It wasn’t important,” he said. But at least he is unlikely to have to do it again. Starting from the pits is the pits MOTOGP SPAIN >>