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GP Week : Issue 165
at BRIEFLY » Most and possibly all of Rossi’s faithful crew, led by Australian Jeremy Burgess, will make the move back to Yamaha along with the rider. Rossi has made it a pre-condition of his moves so far from Honda to Yamaha, then on to Ducati. This time they are trailing behind. » Colin Edwards will finally be shot of his “piece of sh*t” Suter BMW at Misano on September 14-16, with his NGM Forward team due to field a pair of Aprilia ART machines, like those ridden by CRT leaders de Puniet and Espargaro. The decision was made before the summer break, but a two-month lead time meant he had to wait. Danilo Petrucci is earmarked to take over the powerful but wayward Suter, in place of his slow-coach Ioda Aprilia. » At the other end of the spectrum, Suter got an unexpected vote of confidence from ambitious but so far unsuccessful Indian entrants Mahindra, the first GP team from the sub-continent. Next year’s Moto3 Mahindra will be a joint venture with Suter Racing Technologies, both engine and chassis built at SRT’s Swiss headquarters. It will be a chance for Suter to gild a somewhat mixed record: highly successful in Moto2 chassis supply, but with unsuccessful past MotoGP projects with Kawasaki and Ilmor. Valentino Rossi will have a new chassis and swing-arm for his reluctant Desmosedici Ducati at Misano in two weeks, after two days of testing at the circuit close to his Tavullia home resumed development interrupted by a technical failure and a crash at Mugello in mid-July. He will also be operating out of a full pit, with team-mate Nicky Hayden expecting to return for the race. Hayden crashed at Indy and suffered right hand fractures that ruled him out at Brno, but said that recovery was “on schedule” for a race return in two weeks. Ducati eschewed the group tests at Brno in favour of two days of private testing at Misano in the run up to the GP there, where Rossi tested the new frame combination, and racing chief Filippo Preziosi promised not only that the new units would be available at Misano but that there was further chassis evolution in the pipeline. The new chassis was part of a package of improvements planned for introduction at the USA GP at Laguna Seca, but an electronic failure early in the testing programme at crucial Mugello tests triggered a low-speed crash, and everything was immediately put on hold while the bug was fixed. It might be too little too late, but Rossi nonetheless described the results as “interesting, though they still have to be checked against the other riders.” He had also worked on set-up, “trying to limit the drop we usually suffer after some laps as the tyres wear. We had some promising signs there as well,” he said. At Brno, Rossi promised to bring his best efforts to his final half-dozen races with Ducati, though he added that he would not be working on developments for next season. BELATED NEW CHASSIS FOR ROSSI AT HOME Hayden expected back for Misano MOTOGP >>> NEWS 12 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: