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GP Week : Issue 166
MOTOGP >>> NEWS MOTOGP >>> NEWS at BRIEFLY » Indy winner Luis Salom has been moving up to third in the Moto3 champion, now threatening pre-season favourite Maverick Vinales. Now a second Salom, his cousin David, is to join the series, but in the premier class. The Mallorcan World Supersport and World Superbike rider will take over the second BQR Kawasaki ridden so far, without distinction, by fellow- Spaniard Ivan Silva, who remains with the team as a development rider.Cal Crutchlow is the new leader of something of a revival in fortunes for the once-dominant British. His 2013 team-mate at the French Monster-backed team is fellow Englishman Bradley Smith. Stoner’s replacement is Ulsterman Jonathan Rea; while Scott Redding is a candidate for the Ducati Junior team and also possibly Gresini Honda. » San Marino rider Mattia Pasini spoke out last week against rumours that he would miss his home GP because of financial problems in his Speed Master team. “I have a contract and I will complete the season,” he told Italian press-men. It had earlier been reported that his bike would be passed to Colin Edwards, but the rider firmly refuted the suggestion. » Dani Pedrosa’s win rate in the premier class is not impressive, with a maximum of fourayearandatotalof18in six-and-a-half years – but success in the smaller classes means he is knocking on the door of the top ten of all-time race winners. Brno was the Spaniard’s 41st win. Max Biaggi and Anton Mang have 42 apiece. Stoner is eighth overall with 44, just below Jim Redman with 45. PEDROSA “MUST WIN” AT MISANO Honda rider on high ground after private tests Dani Pedrosa took the upper hand at joint Honda- Yamaha tests at Aragon last week, but he needs to stay there if his title hopes are stay alive over the latter part of the season. The Spaniard, left alone at Repsol Honda at Brno after Stoner’s withdrawal, breathed new life into the championship, closing to within 13 points of Jorge Lorenzo with a second successive race win. But the renamed Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli has favoured his Yamaha rival in past years. Each has a single win at the 2.626-mile circuit of the past four years they have met one another in the same class there; but Lorenzo has never finished lower than second, while Dani has one each second, third and fourth places. This reflects the nature of the 2.626-mile 4.226-km circuit, just inland from the beach resorts of the Rimini Riviera, which shares the name of the GP with the nearby San Marino republic. With direction reversed after GP racing was abandoned there after Wayne Rainey’s career-ending crash there in 1993, it is highly technical, with constant corners including a challenging series of reducing-radius bends at the end of the back straight. This plays to the Yamaha’s strong suit. But Pedrosa is on top form, and tested new suspension and exhaust at Aragon to further refine his RC213V Honda: “We tested a new exhaust to see if we can get better drivability from the engine, and we found some positives that can help us at the next races,” said Pedrosa. Lorenzo by contrast found little or no improvement in both new chassis and engine he tested, and felt the lack of top speed compared with the Honda ... less of a problem at Misano than on Aragon’s long straight. Stoner replacement Jonathan Rea also gained more valuable MotoGP experience at the tests, closing to within two seconds of the top time by the end of it; while satellite LCR Honda rider Stefan Bradl had a chance on a full factory spec RCV, and said he was able to take some lessons back with him to his satellite machine. 13 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: