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GP Week : Issue 140
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! Moto GP news >> JoRGE Lorenzo returned from Simoncelli’s funeral to walk straight into a row sparked by an outspoken radio interview given by his controversial father Chicho, in which he said that “Simoncelli was not suitable for racing, from the point of view of mental preparation.” The ill-timed remarks were widely reported in the Spanish press, and a furore greeted the 2010 World Champion on his return from Italy. Lorenzo immediately dissociated himself from the comments, writing on Twitter: “I do not want anyone to think I agree with what my father said. I am ashamed of what I am reading.” But his father was unrepentant, and penned a detailed letter setting for th his opinions. Chicho is famous for having trained his son for his present role from earliest childhood, and for published a book on his techniques before his son had won a title. While still in 250s, Jorge and his father/manager parted company acrimoniously, but had since become reconciled. Lorenzo Senior’s letter described the accident as “an avoidable tragedy. I don’t think the right precautions have been taken for too long, and they relied heavily on luck ... an incident like this was bound to happen sooner or later.” He demanded better preparation and training for riders, which could reduce accidents caused by errors, poor decisions and lack of control, rather than mechanical failure. He also called for harsher penalties for dangerous riding: “During Jorge's career, the penalty he received in Japan in 2005 completely changed his mentality,” he said. Only Lorenzo had complained about Simoncelli’s “mistakes and frequent contact with others, and he was nearly crucified for this," he wrote. He also criticised the continual increase in speeds and weight of bikes, running on sometimes unsuitable circuits designed 30 or 40 years ago, or to suit F1. “It was an avoidable accident” – Chicho Lorenzo Lorenzo “ashamed” of his father’s outburst CoLIN Edwards, who dislocated and fractured his left shoulder in the fateful collision at the Malaysian GP, will miss next weekend’s Valencia GP, his last ride on a Yamaha before switching to a CRT Suter-BMW next year. The 37-year-old Texan’s shoulder was relocated under anaesthetic at the Sepang circuit, but when he returned home to Texas further investigation confirmed that he would need surgery. As well as numerous small fractures to the top of the humerus (arm) bone, there was also car tilage damage. Surgery to repair this was planned for tomorrow (Tuesday). A four-week recovery period rules him out of the last race. Edwards, in a written statement, thanked everybody for their messages of support since the accident, “a great comfort to me at this difficult time.” He had watched the funeral on TV. “I wish I could have been there ... but unfortunately my injuries meant I was unable to travel.” His place on the Monster Tech 3 bike will be taken by fellow-American Josh Hayes, who this year tied up a second successive AMA Superbike title at home. It will be the 36-year-old national rider’s first time on a MotoGP bike. Lorenzo’s participation was still up in the air at the weekend, as he recovers from plastic surgery to the third finger on his left hand. There was also a question mark over Ben Spies’s fitness. If they are absent and the Gresini bikes not racing, there will be 13 starters. Edwards out for Valencia – maybe Lorenzo too