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GP Week : Issue 155
at BRIEFLY » Visor fogging issues at Le Mans cast a slur on Rossi’s all-new helmet design: the light and aerodynamic AGV PistaGP he introduced for the company at Jerez tests. Pointy in the chin and with a DA spoiler behind, the outer design is married to specifically tailored internals, and Rossi was full of praise for comfort and performance. “But in the race it fogged .. . it never happened before in the rain,” he said in France. He blamed having to open the visor for falling back into the clutches of the satellite Yamahas in the early stages. Ben Spies had similar problems and stopped for new visor, but blamed that on having bumped his head in his near-crash off the start line and deranged the shield. » Moto2 rider Julian Simon has been cleared of blame for Ben’s starting-grid slip, another for Hayden and a humiliating crash for home-boy Randy de Puniet, all three on the right- hand side of the grid. The former 125 champion’s Blusens Suter had expired on the last corner, and he’d pluckily pushed across the line for three points. Had he dropped oil on that inside part of the track? No, say his team. His bike had an electrical fault. » Cal Crutchlow fans rallied to his support in the buy-your-own-brakes controversy at Tech 3 – superfluously, as it turned out. Team-mate Dovizioso is believed to have paid for the latest Brembo calipers from his own pocket – Crutchlow firmly repudiated any notion he may follow suit; then from the Tweetosphere came the call to contribute to a fund to buy them for the Briton. It was stopped when it had reached £350. Meantime, Stoner tweeted to Cal that he didn’t need them anyway – he was still using the old calipers out of choice. Casey Stoner’s criticism of Dorna and CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta in an interview on Australian TV has elicited a furious response in Spain, with the soon-to-retire defending champion accused of “dishonesty and dishonour” in an angry editorial. Stoner’s comments on Dorna came in a Channel Ten inter view with former GP winner turned presenter Darryl Beattie, who encouraged him by saying “I couldn’t wait to leave” . Casey said: “Dorna are partly to blame [for his situation]: I don’t agree with his opinions at all.” He picked out the Rookie Rule, which stands in the way of Marc Marquez, his favoured replacement at Repsol, as “another bad decision” . He also slammed the exclusion of Moto2 and Moto3 motorhomes from the paddock. “I wouldn’t have been able to get where I am if we hadn’t been allowed that.” Stoner famously shared a windowless van with friend Chaz Davies. Written by well-known journalist Emilio Perez de Rozas for Motocuatro.com, the column • Pooh-poohs Stoner’s assertion that the birth of his daughter in February played no great bearing on his decision • Berates his “lack of honour” for the sport, for Honda and his sponsors • Rages about his unequivocal denial only two weeks earlier of retirement rumours published in Spain and Italy, calling him “a liar” who thinks he can say anything. Stoner is unlikely to be worried by the tirade; but might face a torrid reception from Spanish fans at the Catalunyan GP next weekend. Last year, Marco Simoncelli employed a posse of armed guards at Catalunya after knocking Dani Pedrosa off at the previous round at Le Mans. STONER CARPING INFLAMES SPAIN 10 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: MOTOGP >>> NEWS