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GP Week : Issue 166
WASH OFF - Specially designed to rapidly remove all types of dirt from metals & plastics with minimum effort! silkolene.com SCHWANTZ SUES CIRCUIT OF THE AMERICANS OVER MOTOGP Questions galore for 2013 calendar – but we’ll be in Spain four times again SUTER FIGHTS BACK IN CRT RESHUFFLE With next year’s calendar expected to be announced within weeks, there is a fresh question over the third race in the United States, with former champion Kevin Schwantz taking legal action against the circuit, suggesting that any deal they made with Dorna is contrary to his own company ’s contract to promote the race. According to a report in Statesman.com, Schwantz filed the suit on Friday, “claiming the race track and its president, Steve Sexton, went behind his back to strike a deal with the sport’s rights-holder, Dorna, to hold races at the Austin- area track.” Schwantz claims his company 3four Texas has a prior 10-year contract with Dorna to promote a MotoGP in his home state. His suit states: “Through tortious interference and fraud, COTA and Sexton encouraged Dorna to breach and purportedly terminate 3four’s agreement to avoid the obligation to pay 3four.” The 1993 World Champion said in a statement: “I’m sorry to say that COTA is now attempting to unlawfully force me out of this project. I believe COTA has committed fraud in doing so ... I was forced to file this lawsuit in order to protect my rights, my reputation, and MotoGP itself.” Meanwhile Dorna chief Carmelo Ezpeleta has confirmed there will again be four races in Spain – a U-turn from previous expectations that there would be just three in the cash-strapped country, with Valencia and Aragon to alternate while Jerez and Catalunya continued. The fifth race on the Iberian peninsula, at Estoril in Portugal, is not expected to continue. The provisional calendar is expected to be announced this month, perhaps as soon as next week at Misano; and there is considerable interest from the paddock. Ambitious plans to add Argentina and India next year may now be on hold, especially in the former case. Legal problems now threaten the proposed Texas race. Ezpeleta has said there would be no more than 18 races next year; it is now looking possible that there might be fewer. MOTOGP >>> NEWS A week after it seemed certain that the ill-starred Suter BMW MotoGP CRT bike described by rider Colin Edwards as “a piece of sh*t” would disappear from the grid, it now seems there may be two of the machines on the Misano grid. Edwards, former double World Superbike champion and at 38 the oldest rider on the grid, has had a dire season on the sole Suter BMW in the new production-based CRT class, blaming both a lack of chassis development and primitive first-generation Bosch electronics. Since before the summer break he has been awaiting a switch to an Aprilia ART – his For ward Racing team had already switched from Suter to FTR chassis in Moto2. But delivery delays mean he may be stuck on the Suter at Misano. Meantime, Suter Racing Technologies chief Eskil Suter has muddied the waters still more, insisting that Edwards will complete the season on the bike. He was quoted on the official MotoGP website: “Colin was looking for new motivation, but after riding the ART bike he saw there was nothing magic. We are in a way re-starting the relationship with Colin, aiming to make progress step-by-step.” At the same time, the Ioda team announced that fancied rider Danilo Petrucci will switch from his team-built Aprilia CRT machine, badly down on speed, to the fast but wayward Suter BMW from Misano onward. Petrucci, who has impressed in his first MotoGP season, tested the bike privately at the Vairano test circuit at Vidigulfo, south of Milan. 14 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: