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GP Week : Issue 141
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 >> SUZUKI’s on-again/off-again MotoGP plans are no nearer a firm factory decision, but the team expects to be participating next year, even if it is with their current 800cc machine. So said Rizla-Suzuki team manager Paul Denning, who planned to make a firm offer to current rider Alvaro Bautista at Valencia, as part of a two-rider team. “Nothing is actually agreed, but I am sure we will be on the grid next year,” said Denning. He hoped also to be able to add John Hopkins to the team, saying that a two-rider team was necessary, if Suzuki was to make any real progress. The bike’s performance had improved considerably this year, although a string of crashes including another at the first corner at Valencia had robbed Bautista of results. “ There’s some brinkmanship, but we at this time we have to take a risk and get on with it,” he said. Sources close to Suzuki say that the decision from the factory is finely balanced. The marketing department wants to continue, but financial difficulties and tumbling sales of high- end sports bikes mean that senior management are not so sure. At Motegi test rider Nobu Aoki confirmed that he had been testing a 1000cc machine, while further leaks suggest that in fact there are two 1000cc projects being developed independently – one V4 and another in- line four, closer in concept to Suzuki’s sports range. Suzuki “will be back next year” – team Manager Marquez hands the Moto2 title to Bradl STEFAN Bradl became the first German World Champion for 18 years without even having to turn a wheel, when Marc Marquez pulled out of the final race of the year before qualifying. Marquez was injured on his first out lap at Sepang, when he hit a wet patch on the Malaysian circuit with no warning. The organisers were later fined 15,000 Euros for the marshalling failure. Marquez came back to qualify, but ruled himself out of the race because he was suffering from double vision: “In Malaysia, I could see too much,” was his quaint explanation. At Valencia, he sat out free practice in the hope of an unexpected recovery. “It is clear like this I cannot ride the bike because it can be dangerous for me and all the other riders,” he said. He delayed his decision as long as possible because “one doctor told me the eye can improve suddenly.” No improvement was forthcoming, and on Saturday he officially withdrew. The cause was a stretched muscle in his right eye. He congratulated his successful rival. “Bradl did a better job than us, so congratulations to him,” he said. Bradl went on to crash out of the race, but had already started celebrating his championship on Saturday evening. He spoke of the help and support of his father Helmut, who was 250 runner up in 1991: “In my opinion, he is also World Champion,” he said. Bradl (21) also congratulated Marquez on “a great rookie season. Marc won more races than me, butintheendIcansayIwas more consistent ... because I won the championship,” he said. Bradl claimed four wins early in the season, then ran into a slump after a wrong turning with chassis development, he explained. At the same time, Marquez was piling up seven wins. 17