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GP Week : Issue 160
at BRIEFLY » Jorge Lorenzo has dropped his manager Marcos Hirsch amid rumours of a row over negotiations with Honda before he signed for Yamaha. There were allegations that Hirsch had not been open with his client over the full amount offered by HRC, but Lorenzo insisted that the break-up had been amicable, and that it was time to move on. Henceforth he would handle more negotiations personally, he said. » The Marquez-Espargaro incident may have been finally put to bed after the FIM disciplinary court refused the counter-protest from Espargaro’s team concerning the on-again/off-again penalty for their clash at Catalunya. Marquez was give a 60-second penalty by Race Direction after he had cut across his rival, causing him to crash out; but this was overturned by FIM Stewards in response to a protest. Espargaro’s team boss Sito Pons appealed, but this has now been turned down. This is the last word, unless Pons takes the case to the independent sport arbitration court. He decline to reveal his plans at Assen. » Honda vehemently denied Spanish rumours of a massive fee cut for Dani Pedrosa, whose stock stands to fall radically with both team and sponsor Repsol with the arrival of new Spanish hope Marc Marquez in the factory squad next year. In any case, said team manager Livio Suppo, Dani was still a rider with winning potential while Marquez would still be learning next year. “To tell the truth, neither Honda nor Dani have much other choice for next year,” he said. The launch of next year’s proposed Argentine GP was hijacked by controversy at Assen, with international politics overshadowing the announcement of the new Termas de Rio Honda circuit some 1,140 km from Buenos Aires in the north of the country. Argentine hosts of the launch included the promoter of the race and the Minister for Tourism, promising that work was well advanced with the 4.885km circuit; that temporary paddock facilities like those at Laguna Seca (described as “US Style”) would be to international standards; and extolling the delights of the spa town less than 100 km from the Andes. Dorna’s Carmelo Ezpeleta also spoke at the launch, confirming that the race was scheduled to take place early next season, pending circuit homologation, as the first return to Argentina since 1999 at Buenos Aires. But questions homed in on the controversy triggered earlier this year when the Argentine government arbitrarily nationalised Repsol’s 51percent majority stake in fuel company YPF. MotoGP could turn out to be a pawn in a diplomatic row that simmers on, as Ezpeleta revealed that the deeply resentful Repsol had written to him to ask “about the security of Repsol personnel in Argentina.” He in turn had requested clarification from the Spanish foreign office. “Last week we received a letter from the ministry saying that at this moment they do not recommend Repsol personnel to visit Argentina.” Plans for the Argentine GP predated the nationalisation, and neither Dorna nor the event promoters were involved: “This needs to be resolved between the two governments,” said Ezpeleta. “I think we have enough time before the race for this to happen. “If not, then Repsol will have to decide for themselves whether they or their riders will attend the race.” REPSOL ROW SHADES ARGIE PARTY Spanish government ‘does not recommend ’ travel to Argentina 13 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: MOTOGP >>> NEWS