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GP Week : Issue 176
at BRIEFLY » Gresini Racing has lost its longtime sponsor, but immediately found a replacement. San Carlo, the Italian snack food giant, ended a seven-year association with the team-five as the primary sponsor-at Valencia. San Carlo CEO Alberto Vitaloni is a longtime friend of team owner Fausto Gresini. “(He) likes motorcycles,” Gresini said. “He’s a 74-year-old man, but he loves bikes. He doesn’t speak about this age usually. He’s an older man, but he’s very healthy. He goes to races, nearly all of them.” San Carlo will be replaced by the Italian energy foods company, ‘Go & Fun Green Energy’, in both MotoGP and Moto3 for the next three years. » Hot on the heels of winning the first Moto3 World Championship with German Sandro Cortese, KTM CEO Stefan Pierer unveiled a Cortese replica at the giant EICMA show outside of Milan, Italy. The KTM RC250GP is powered by a single-cylinder 249.5cc water-cooled four-stroke that makes 37 kW@13,000 rpm. The engine is housed in a tubular steel trellis frame with an adjustable headstock and swingarm pivot. WP suspension front and rear handles the bumps with Brembo brakes tasked with stopping the approximately 80 kg motorcycle. A full titanium Akrapovic exhaust system comes with FIM an FIM compliant 107dB system single silencer, with additional 100/103 dB killers for racing in national championships. » MotoGP Rookie of the Year Stefan Bradl will soon travel to Barcelona to correct an arm pump issue. The rigors of racing a MotoGP machine caused right arm pump at the Portuguese and Japanese Grand Prixs, with a lower level of the problem at four other events. The surgery will be performed by Doctor Xavier Mir, the chief orthopedic surgeon at the USP Institut Universitari Dexeus in Barcelona and Dorna’s resident physician. MOTOGP >>> NEWS MARQUEZ IMPRESSIVE ON DEBUT Moto2 World Champion Marc Marquez was the revelation of the post-season Valencia test, despite getting very limited track time. In only 28 laps the 19-year-old Spaniard clocked a time that would have been the third-fastest in Sunday’s season finale. Monster YamahaTech 3’s Cal Crutchlow tweeted, “@ marcmarquez93 please slow down next year ...! We can all pay a little or this to happen ..., great job ..., again.” And HRC boss Shuhei Nakamoto said, “I'm thinking he has something I maybe haven't seen in a rider before. Really thrilling to see.” Marquez’s lap time of 1:33.403 on the 27th of his 28 laps was also the seventh fastest of the test and just over a second slower than the benchmark set by Pedrosa. Rain and cold weather kept Marquez in the garage for the first day and most of the second. It was 3:30 p.m . before he finally got on the RC213V for the first time, completing seven laps. After some adjustments, he finished the day with a 21-lap run: “I feel so happy,” Marquez said. “We waited the whole day for the track to dry so that we could finally try the bike, but it took such a long time. In the end I began to get impatient and the track was drying up so we decided to go out.” “In the beginning it was quite difficult but very nice to feel the power of the bike. I had a lot of wheelie on the straights, but I gradually gained confidence on each exit and got faster and faster on every run. I tried to adapt my riding style from Moto2 because there was quite a big difference. There are many things to improve and try. The front tyre was also very different to what I'm used to, but the main thing is that we have had good start and I have a very good feeling with the team.” Márquez will be back on track at the Sepang Circuit in Malaysia on Nov. 26, 27 and 28, though Pedrosa won’t join him. 11 GPWEEK.com // 11 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: