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GP Week : Issue 188
at BrIEFly » Lorenzo and Pedrosa are not the only riders to make heroic injury returns after breaking their collabones. Australian Moto3 rider Jack Miller broke his at Indianapolis, had surgery on Monday – removing an old plate and inserting a new longer one – and was back in action at Brno four days later. The FTR-Honda rider reported no problems, apart from the stitches splitting in qualifying. » An engine update for Ducati has done little to solve the problems of the red bike, still suffering from understeer and other handling issues. “It is a little better – with the old one when you spun the wheel it would start chattering. The new one lets you spin a bit more easily ... but it is only a small difference,” said rider Andrea Dovizioso. » Dunlop have answered growing criticism of their Moto2 control tyres – suffering blistering and splitting at earlier races this year – with a revised compound that increases endurance without sacrificing too much grip, according to a spokesman. Previously critical riders approved, with Pol Espargaro saying: “I ran a 28-lap race simulation in practice and at the end the tyre was still normal.” Other riders concurred. Valentino Rossi, yet to make the impact expected in his return to the Yamaha factory team, made a heartfelt complaint after qualifying on the third row for yet another race – dubbing the new-this-year qualifying system as “unfair”. The multi- champion has been on the front row only once in ten races, and on row three for all but three other races. At Brno he was seventh and slowest of the four Yamahas, with even class rookie Bradley smith pulling out a better lap time. The consequence is that he is unable to join the leading group, which escapes while he is picking up positions in the early laps. For this race, he was in the top four in free practice, but in the intense 15-minute qualifying session dropped to seventh as Alvaro Bautista qualified on the front row after picking up a tow from Marc Marquez; and others made similar gains. These starting positions did not represent their race pace, said Rossi. They’d improved by taking “the right slipstream, so it is not only about the potential but about being in the right place in the right moment, to take a faster lap from the guy in front.” There was, however, another reason for his difficulty in pulling out a single dynamite lap, according to crew chief Jerry Burgess. His unusually aggressive braking style compared with the other Yamaha riders was causing the current soft-construction front Bridgestone, introduced last year, to collapse. Rossi said he was trying to adapt his style, while Burgess was working to adapt the bike, after a breakthrough in this area before the Dutch TT led to Rossi claiming his first win there in more than two years. That had come from a change to the damping. “We’re still working on the overall balance of the bike, step by step,” said Burgess. ROSSI: IT'S unFAIR Poor quali spoils superstar's chances MOTOGP >>> nEWs 15 GPWEEK.com // 15 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: