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GP Week : Issue 164
MOTOGP >>> NEWS MOTOGP >>> NEWS at BRIEFLY » Colin Edwards had his own take on the rampant rumours on who goes where next year. At the pre-event conference, he confidently announced: “Valentino’s going to Yamaha with Jorge, Ben Spies is training for the Tour de France, and me and Casey, whenever we’re in the same part of the world, we’re going to go hunting and fishing.” » US wild card Steve Rapp missed the 107 percent qualifying cut by less than seven tenths of a second, and was excluded from the US GP. But the 40-year-old AMA veteran and GP first-timer hopes to have another go at Indianapolis in three weeks. The US-built Attack Kawasaki arrived at the track without even a shake-down test. “We’re doing stuff the other guys did six or seven months ago,” said Rapp, whose track knowledge couldn’t make up for the lack of basic development. “It’s a big achievement for Richard (Stanboli, team boss) to get the bike here at all,” said Rapp, who was also contesting the AMA Superbike race. » Brake manufacturers Brembo revealed the braking secrets of the stars after two days of practice at Laguna, in a list they called “The last of the late brakers”. They picked the daunting spot where riders anchored up for the second corner, Andretti Hairpin, still leaned over from ultra-fast Turn One. The order went like this: 1. Lorenzo, 2. Stoner, 3. Pedrosa, 4. Spies, 5. Crutchlow, 6. Rossi, 7. Dovizioso, 8. Ducati is considering running a ‘Junior’ team alongside its factory squad next year, cutting out chances for satellite teams in the drive to return the red bikes to the top after two years in the doldrums. Moto2 stars Andrea Iannone and Scott Redding are lined up to test the bike at Mugello this week, alongside CRT rider Danilo Petrucci, who tested for the factory after the Mugello GP. Current rider Nicky Hayden confirmed discussions in this direction, saying: “It’s a good idea. More information and more data is certainly positive. More good guys on the bike can only help, but the bigger thing we have talked about is the test programme and improving that. That is one of the things I really wanted to see improved and I think they got some good ideas.” In terms of test riders, he and race chief Filippo Preziosi had “kicked around a few names” , he said. Asked if Casey Stoner was one of them, he laughed: “We said that. He could probably find the limit.” DUCATI PLAN ‘JUNIOR’ TEAM “THE CRT FORMULA IS WRONG” – Class pioneer Edwards ... Aprilia switch possible for Indy Former double World Superbike champion and GP veteran Colin Edwards has spoken out against the CRT formula, after enduring half a season as a high-profile pioneer of the new-generation low-cost MotoGP racers. Speaking at the press briefing on the eve of the first of two home-country GPs, the 38-year-old Texan criticised the speed difference between prototypes and factories, and added his voice to those pleading with the factories to release the previous year’s works bikes to independent teams. “How can you compete?” he asked. The formula’s just not right yet. “The CRT idea is good, or one bike, or whatever. But right now when you still have prototypes on track it’s more dangerous than anything. I’m spending more time looking behind me so I don’t get in anybody’s way,” he continued. Edwards was an enthusiastic supporter of the CRT concept when he was the first rider to sign up to the class, in September last year. But he has seen the new generation bikes getting lapped at several circuits, and failing to make any impression on the results. “I believe factories should lease out the previous year’s prototypes – we’d have 24 bikes on the grid,” he said. His own results have not even matched other CRT teams. Riding the sole Suter BMW and struggling with primitive electronics, he lies 18th overall after scoring points just twice, with a pair of 12th places. “My bike’s a piece of sh*t,” he told a laughing assembly. But after a relatively strong showing in Laguna qualifying, placed 13th, he revealed a simple modification had made a big difference. “Basically we removed the seat, just put a thin layer, so I’m more part of the bike. We should have done it a long time ago,” he said. His NGM Mobile-backed team is contemplating a machine switch for the rest of the season, after Edwards tested other CRT bikes at Mugello.”I think I’ll have an Aprilia for Indy,” he said. “It’s still not competitive, but it’s the best of the CRT bikes.” 12 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: