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GP Week : Issue 154
Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta responded to Stoner’s attack on the development of MotoGP by wishing him well for “a happy life” and thanking him for his contribution, adding: “You cannot please everyone. It is not necessary that everyone is satisfied.” Every rider retired sooner or later, he told Italian sports newspaper Gazetto dello Sport, although “for Stoner, it took place sooner than expected.” Stoner had contributed to the sport, but at the same time Dorna had contributed to the development of his career, said Ezpeleta, supporting his early years through their backing of Alberto Puig’s young-rider initiative; and had also given financial support to LCR Honda, the team that brought him into MotoGP. Changes to MotoGP structure and rules were in response to the global financial situation, aimed at securing the future of the sport: “You cannot ignore what is happening in the world,” said Ezpeleta. DOVIZIOSO AND THE 'PAY-PER-STOP' Dorna Chief responds to Stoner slam-dunk COMPROMISE IS NOT AN OPTION SUPPORTS THE NORTH WEST 200 Shane Byrne, PBM, MCE British Superbike Championship. Photograph courtesy of www.doublered.co.uk & www.jonessophotography.co.uk silkolene.com In a first for MotoGP, Andrea Dovizioso has dug into his own pocket to get the latest Brembo brake upgrade – reserved until now for factory riders. The Italian has denied the move, but Monster Tech 3 team chief Hervé Poncharal gave a telling “No comment” when asked directly, while sources close to the team confirm that the reports are true. The top-flight Brembo front callipers are more rigid and longer than the second-string version, offering more braking power for less lever effort. Dovizioso was used to them on the factory Honda he rode last year, but fitting them to his satellite Yamaha had to be done at his own expense – estimated at 50,000 Euros for the season. Team-mate Cal Crutchlow responded sharply to suggestions that he might follow suit. “Why should a rider buy his own equipment? Out of principle I won’t be buying anything. I’m racing in MotoGP, not club racing,” he said. He acknowledged that Dovizioso’s acquisition of the brakes at the last round at Estoril may have made the difference: it was the first time this season that Dovi had beaten him. “If we had it maybe we’d move for ward a little, but I’m not asking for it and I’m not complaining. It’s not my job to buy brakes. My job is to race motorcycles.” "You can't please everybody" MOTOGP >>> NEWS MOTOGP >>> NEWS 11 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: