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GP Week : Issue 149
at BRIEFLY » Some CRT teams have already started to exploit their allocation of extra engines at only the first race ... they get 12 for the year, double the number of factory bikes. Two of the nine, Colin Edwards and Danilo Petrucci, have already had three engines scrutineered for use. Only Petrucci had actually used three, however, on his Ioda Aprilia. By contrast, FTR Kawasaki rider Ivan Silva has only got one. » Jorge Lorenzo’s father Chicho famously schooled his son to be a world champion from earliest infancy. Now he has announced a network of riding schools in Spain, under the name Lorenzo Competición, at ten venues in Spain, including home island Mallorca. Chicho promises a low-cost system where “formation of the pilot” comes before the actual results. The school is part of Spain’s Inter-Schools League with 11 participating schools and 133 competitors. With such infrastructure, it is small wonder that all races at Qatar were won by Spanish riders. » Dorna’s latest proposal of a 12.5 -million Euro budget cap on factory teams has been laughed off by both Honda and Yamaha. It would be, they responded, “impossible to police”. » It’s not the role of the Press to praise or promote Dorna, but one innovation must be recommended. Already strong in the development of television coverage, especially in on-bike cameras, the Spanish company’s latest offering to subscribers to their Dorna.com web-site is full real- time race coverage, filmed entirely on board. Action at the Qatar race made it a good one to start with; it’ll have you holding your breath. Rossi’s plight has drawn support from some of his peers still convinced he can come back to win, including Loris Capirossi, but also left more than a shadow of doubt in other distinguished quarters. Triple-champion Wayne Rainey is puzzled. He thought that the death of friend Simoncelli might play a part, but continued: “Everybody in his career has at least one bike that’s hard to tame, and you have to deal with it. But you should still be the fastest guy on that bike. Then you can complain all you want. “But when getting beat by other riders on it, it’s time to say: ‘What’s wrong with this picture?’ “It looks to me that Hayden’s doing a better job ... working with what he’s got, keeping his head down, developing it as best he can, getting on with it. “Rossi’s chosen not to do that at the moment. It appears that he only wants to race if he can be on the podium. Well – yeah. That would be great. But sometimes it takes a lot of work to get there. I think that’s what they’re paying him to do,” Rainey said. “At his age I would think he’d be at the prime of his career, but he’s been doing it a long time. “Personally I think it all started with Lorenzo as his team-mate. When he finally got a challenge from within his own team,” he said. Giacomo Agostini, the only rider to win more races than Rossi, told Italian web-site GPOne.com: “Having a decline in performance is sad but inevitable. Valentino isn’t exactly old, but he has a long career behind him after starting racing at a very young age. It's like an orange: you can keep squeezing it, but at a certain point there is no more juice," said Ago, adding: “If you start to feel disappointed or lose motivation, it becomes hard to race well. That’s the only explanation for finishing behind Hayden and Barbera. It's not possible that his performance has dropped so far in just one year.” ROSSI’S PROBLEMS STARTED WITH LORENZO Former champions give their verdict 12 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: MOTOGP >>> NEWS