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GP Week : Issue 159
The two main contenders for the 2012 MotoGP championship, Casey Stoner and Jorge Lorenzo, are tied on their number of race wins, following Lorenzo’s 21st premier-class win at Silverstone. With 17 in the 250 class and four in 125, this brings his chequered- flag total to 42, equal to Stoner. However most of the Australian’s wins have come in his six-plus years in the premier class: 35, against five 250 and two 125. This is Lorenzo’s fifth year in the class. Stoner believes that “statistics are something you worry about at the end of your career”; and with that fast approaching he is unlikely to move very much higher up the list of all-time winners, where he currently lies joint eighth (with Lorenzo, Biaggi and Anton Mang). Lorenzo has more races and wins ahead of him, and could outstrip not only Jim Redman (45 wins) this year, but possibly also Phil Read (52). He could even catch Mick Doohan (54), but only if he wins every remaining race. But there is a long way to go to his next target, Mike Hailwood (76). Angel Nieto (90), Valentino Rossi (105) and Giacomo Agostini (122) might prove uncatchable. One month late, the crucial debate ASSEN SUMMIT TO SETTLE FUTURE RULES PBM rider Shane Byrne takes overall victory in the inaugral Silverstone 200 - after easily winning both races... silkolene.com With the original deadline already missed by a month, Dorna is hoping that an extraordinary GP Commission meeting – called for just such a purpose – will reach final agreement on new rules at Assen on Friday. Sweeping changes include planned electronic and other technical restrictions, while the actual date of the new rules also needs to be determined. The Assen summit was convened after the GP Commission failed to reach agreement at the Catalunyan GP at the beginning of June, with Dorna’s Carmelo Ezpeleta pushing to bring in the radical changes in 2014. These will cut costs and narrow the gap between factory and private teams. The factories, represented by the MSMA, hope to defer restrictions until 2015, giving not only a more workable lead time for research and development, but also another year in which to race the new-this-year 1000cc MotoGP prototypes. “There will be a lot of debate, and the MSMA have a lot of items on the agenda,” said IRTA chief Mike Trimby. But he was confident that resolution would be forthcoming. “If not, then another special meeting will have to be convened. “Dorna’s original deadline was the end of May, and now it’s the end of June,” he said, stressing the urgency given the 2014 target. “In the case of a control ECU, work needs to have started yesterday,” he said. Key items on which the GP Commission (with representatives from Dorna, the FIM, IRTA and the MSMA) will decide include: • cancellation of the rookies rule – allowing Marquez into the factory team • introduction of a control ECU – opposed by the factories • introduction of a rev limit, targeted at less than 15,000rpm – another sticking point for the factories. • decision on proposals for one bike per rider – unlikely to survive, after an MSMA change of heart, and flag-to-flag wet race problems STONER & LORENZO NECK AND NECK ON WINS 12 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: MOTOGP >>> NEWS MOTOGP >>> NEWS