by clicking the arrows at the side of the page, or by using the toolbar.
by clicking anywhere on the page.
by dragging the page around when zoomed in.
by clicking anywhere on the page when zoomed in.
web sites or send emails by clicking on hyperlinks.
Email this page to a friend
Search this issue
Index - jump to page or section
Archive - view past issues
GP Week : Issue 184
at BrIEFly » Suzuki will square up to all its potential rivals at Catalunya on Monday, at the first public appearance of its MotoGP prototype aimed at a return to the grid in 2014. According to test team (and probably GP team) chief Davide Brivio, the bike will be ridden by both factory tester and former GP racer Nobu Aoki and borrowed test-rider Randy de Puniet. After the first day of official testing at Montmelo the day after the GP, Suzuki will join Honda and Yamaha at further test at Aragon. » In spite of his success – lying ahead of all other Yamaha riders bar Lorenzo – Cal Crutchlow’s tenure with the Japanese factory is in jeopardy, and may not last beyond the end of this season. The best English hope in years is caught between Yamaha’s desire to secure current Moto2 rider Pol Espargaro and the fact that satellite team-mate Bradley Smith is already signed up for next year. Cal is eyeing a move to Ducati or Suzuki. Yamaha boss Lin Jarvis said: “It’s much too early to be talking about riders for next year.” » Rossi drew little fortune from his good-luck turtle talisman at Mugello – a charm espoused by great Italian racing forebear Tazio Nuvolari, champion on two and four wheels. Already wearing a turtle tattoo, Rossi’s helmet motif for his home race this year was a giant turtle carapace over the dome, and two staring eyes. He still crashed out after three turns. MOTOGP >>> nEWs Hopes that the new generation of second-tier factory machines promised by Honda and Yamaha will slip seamlessly into use next year are becoming strained, as engineering deadlines loom without any major commitments from any of the parties involved in the proposed post-CRT era for non-factory teams. While private teams take a “wait- and -see” strategy and Honda’s tests of their for-sale production-racer have at least begun at Motegi, Kalex – one potential chassis supplier for teams choosing the Yamaha engine -lease option – have sounded a note of alarm. According to Alex Baumgaertel, managing director of the firm supplying chassis for both Moto2 and Moto3, “time is already running out” for Kalex to design and develop a chassis for the engine, and they still have only very basic information from Yamaha on crucial details. “I would have preferred to start a project like this last year,” he told the MotoGP. com website. “ We would still be able to build something in time, but how competitive it would be is a different story – because you should have some testing before you go showing it off to the whole world.” Yamaha race boss Lin Jar vis confirmed at Mugello that the Yamaha lease engine – an 800,000 Euros-per-rider package – was also fast approaching deadline. The company planned to provide four riders, “but we need to have final orders by the end of June to be able to produce the engines,” he said. The units would be very close to factory spec, “like the Tech 3 engines now”; and the package would comprise three engines with two complete rebuilds. The Honda aims lower, dispensing (for example) with hydraulic valves, but is a bike for sale rather than for lease. Dorna secured the promise of full race bikes / engines from the factories last year, after threatening to switch the class entirely to production-based CRT bikes. The new sub -factory generation gets 24 rather than 20 litres of fuel, 12 rather than five engines, but must use the control software in the ECU to be provided to all by Dorna. TIME RUNNING OUT FOR YAMAHA'S LEND-LEASE PROJECT Honda alternative also behind schedule SPIES OUT AGAIN AS NIGHTMARE CONTINUES Former World superbike champion Ben spies’s extended nightmare added another chapter when his attempted return to action at Mugello ended in premature withdrawal. With a face as long as the gap to his last win, the luckless Texan pulled out when pain and weakness stymied his come-back, after missing the last two races to extend his recovery. “I’m upset, but not surprised,” he said. The trigger had been after a shimmy at the last chicane: Spies found himself too weak to regain control, almost crashed, and said that if there’d been another rider there “I would have hit him.” The long-lasting injury dates back to a fall in Malaysia late last season, and subsequent reconstructive shoulder surgery in the winter. At the time recuperation was predicted to take several months, but Ben appeared on the mend in pre-season tests. At Qatar he was tenth, but at the next round in Austin, Texas he slumped to a distant 13th as severe muscle pain associated with having to compensate for the still weak shoulder struck mid-race. He withdrew for the next two races for further treatment, but ran just two practice sessions and 25 laps before his Pramac team agreed to pull him out until he is fully recovered. “The practice highlighted to muscular problems still afflicting him,” said a team statement. The luckless Spies won the Dutch TT in 2011 in his first season on the factory Yamaha, but ever since has been stricken with such misfortune that at one point last year he joked that somebody must have made a voodoo doll of him. His relationship with the Yamaha fell apart in tune with the bike, which tipped him off because of a cracked sub-frame in Qatar and again with a suspension collapse at Laguna Seca, then blowing up between his feet after he led at Indianapolis. When the fateful crash occurred in Malaysia he had already announced he would be quitting the team. He considered a return to World Superbikes with BMW, but stayed in MotoGP with the Ducati “B-team” alongside Andrea Iannone, who has also been plagued with injury problems. With the date of return uncertain, Spies’s place on the Ducati is expected to go to factory tester Michele Pirro, who rode in his place at Le Mans, and has had two wild card entries on the company’s development hack, placing seventh at Mugello. 14 GPWEEK.com // 14 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: