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GP Week : Issue 168
FIM BOSS CRITICAL; CHANGES COMING AFTER MISANO START FIASCO In the days that followed, FIM President Vito Ippolito issued a harsh critique of the handling of the start of the Misano Grand Prix that ultimately may have cost Dani Pedrosa his best chance of winning the MotoGP World Championship, while ignoring the bigger problem of the teams’ ignorance of the rules. “We had already seen all sorts of stuff,” the Venezuelan told Italian weekly ‘Motosprint’. “Once, a race director even activated the starting lights because he leaned on the button with his elbow; but we have never seen something like this.” “It had never happened that the race got stopped when the start was about to be given. “At this point everyone was taken by surprise and the biggest mistake was made: the track was opened and the starting procedure got re-activated, thus allowing many people to get close to the bikes and the riders. Instead, only the mechanics with the starters were supposed to be allowed to enter, and then the start would be given.” Pedrosa’s Repsol Honda team was confused by the delay, confusion which ultimately caused them to roll his RC213V off the grid, a decision that would force him to the back row and a subsequent unlucky encounter with Hector Barbera (Pramac Racing). Race director Mike Webb said that the procedures were being reviewed and “announcing whatever changes we thought, if any, need to be done at Aragon. So it’s going to be Aragon before there’s anything really to say. “The most important thing is making sure the teams actually understand what’s in the rulebook, which, obviously, nobody did. So the biggest task ahead of us, to me, is education; to make sure people understand what’s written out. And at the same time take the opportunity just to see if we can improve.” Webb had read Ippolito’s comments, but hadn’t heard from him directly: “Hey, none of us are happy with the way it turned out,” he said. “But we were actually following what was written in the rulebook, and that’s why I say I think we can probably improve it for the future so that we don’t have such a situation again.” MOTOGP >>> NEWS Lorenzo leads as Pedrosa works his way up through the pack, only to be taken out by Hector Barbera 13 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: