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GP Week : Issue 161
at BRIEFLY » In a continuation of the Bridgestone tyre saga, the company told factory Yamaha riders not to use their preferred softer choice because, as Lorenzo said: “they told me pieces would come off it”. It cost him and Ben Spies lap time, they believed, with the American saying later “I don’t have the championship to worry about, so I’d have been prepared to take a chance.” » Mahindra rider Marcel Schrotter raced his last GP for the Indian-owned team in Germany, after they mutually agreed to split. The machine uses the Oral engine, still in the early stages of development. “I am 19 years old and not a test rider,” said Schrotter. “I need a better target.” He has scored points just once this year. Team manager Nicola Casadei said: “We agreed together, and I would be happy to work with him again in the future.” Pending approval, they plan to replace him with 27-year-old Italian Ricardo Moretti, heading the national 125 championship on a Mahindra two-stroke, and test-rider for the Moto3 bike. » Many thought that Sandro Cortese should have been sanctioned after nearly knocking team-mate Danny Kent off at Assen as they battled for the lead, but Race Director Mike Webb explained at the Sachsenring why he had not been disciplined. “We studied that incident for a long, long time. We had a really good helicopter shot that proved it was actually Kent that slowed down because he ran wide, and the other two kept their line and speed exactly the same. It was one of those things.” Jorge Lorenzo fears that the loss of an engine when he was innocent victim of Alvaro Bautista’s first-corner crash at Assen could cause him serious problems at the far end of the season – and at the Sachsenring he reverted to the first of his six allocated engines, completing its fourth race, one over schedule. His day-old Assen engine, with less than 200 of a scheduled 1,500 kilometres completed, was destroyed when the throttle jammed open with the bike on its side. “It will make it more difficult to finish the season,” he said. “I need to speak with Yamaha to decide, but I hope I can manage all the practices later in the year,” he said. Asked if he might have to operate to a lower rev limit, he said that was not a practical solution. Average mileage at a GP weekend is around 500 km, and with only six engines for the year each needs to complete at least 1,500 km. Loss of one engine before the mid-point of the season raises the average by 300 km. The penalty for exceeding the allocation is to start from pit lane ten seconds after the lights. Moto2 engines are supplied by Dorna to a schedule, flexible if there is any engine fault or accident damage; but Moto3 operates to an eight-engine limit. The first pit-lane start in the smallest class was at the Sachsenring, where Ioda rider Luigi Morciano broke out his ninth of the team’s own engines. The other independent engine users Mahindra are also in danger of exceeding the limit. LORENZO: ENGINE LOSS “COULD BE A PROBLEM” 12 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: MOTOGP >>> NEWS