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GP Week : Issue 165
silkolene.com Following a crash at Laguna Seca, Britain’s James ellison made it 5 points scoring rides in 6 races following a battling performance at round 11 of the World motoGP held at the world-famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway last weekend. WINS TEST BRAGGING RIGHTS CAPIROSSI RIDES AGAIN Fresh from his first MotoGP rostrum, satellite Yamaha rider Cal Crutchlow was fastest at post-race Brno tests last week, shading not only his close rival and team-mate Andrea Dovizioso, but also race winner Pedrosa and factory Yamaha men Lorenzo and Spies. It may only be bragging rights, but it marked an upturn in the English rider’s fortunes, after a spell in which he had to play second best to Dovizioso. Two days before, the 26-year-old had signed to stay with the Tech 3 Yamaha squad for one more year, after more than a month of to-and-fro concerns while the offer of a Ducati contract melted away. Dovi was just over a tenth slower, with Lorenzo another 0.12 adrift – but he had lost time testing a 2013 prototype, which was not much to his liking. He told of instability under acceleration, and not much improvement in any particular area. Honda by contrast are showing every intention of wresting control of the first 1000cc title from Lorenzo; after waiting five years to claim a single 800cc crown. They have two more days of testing scheduled at Aragon this Wednesday and Thursday, with rumours of another new chassis as they strive to solve persistent chatter problems. Pedrosa, their last hope in the absence of Stoner, was an unworried fourth-fastest, buoyed by his second consecutive race win the day before. The Aragon tests will also be valuable for Stoner’s replacement Jonathan Rea, whose first outing on a MotoGP bike left him saying: “It’s like a different circuit, compared with a Superbike.” First-timer Rea placed a creditable and careful eighth out of 13 riders, last of the factory bikes and 3.1 seconds slower than Crutchlow ... and 2.1 off seventh-placed Spies. At least he was ahead of the best of the CRT bikes – Yonny Hernandez’s FTR Kawasaki – if only by less than two tenths. MOTOGP >>> NEWS Loris Capirossi, now in a dual role as Bridgestone advisor and Dorna safety officer, rode four different bikes at the Brno tests, to assess their responses to the Bridgestone tyres. The 39-year-old Italian, who retired after 21 years at the end of last season, was marginally faster than CRT-mounted Colin Edwards overall, after exercising three CRT bikes: FTR Honda, FTR Kawasaki and Suter BMW, as well as the factory Honda RC213V, which left him mightily impressed with the seamless and plentiful horsepower. He dutifully praised the handling of the CRT bikes, telling the Italian GPOne.com website that “they are interesting for the future.” But his best quote fully reflected his usual caution with words, a contrast to his gung-ho riding style. Jumping off the Honda, he said: “It’s like my best birthday;” before adding cautiously: “Even though it is not my birthday.” CRUTCHLOW 14 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: