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GP Week : Issue 188
MOTOGP >>> nEWs at BrIEFly » With Scott Redding expected to be confirmed in the coming days to ride a production Honda for the Gresini GO&FUN team in MotoGP next year, his Marc VDS Moto2 team have poached Spanish double race winner Tito Rabat from the Tuenti Pons team for next year. They could hardly have hoped for a better candidate, a team statement said, “but first we have to concentrate on beating him this year” » Cal Crutchlow has been agitating for the same rearward weight-shift fuel tank/seat used by the factory Yamaha riders all year ... and he finally got it at Indianapolis. Only to find that while it solved his early-race braking problems with a full tank, it robbed him of his previous late-race pace that brought him close to victory at the German GP. The problem wasalackoftimetosetupthe bike for the different weight distribution. It might indeed be better, he opined, “but I am sure at some point I’ll be giving it back. I’d rather lose time at the start of the race than at the end.” » Moto3 has seen the first penalty for electronic cheating, with French rider Alan Techer penalised by six grid positions after investigations by control-ECU suppliers Dell’Orto found that “was not the official map supplied by the manufacturer,” according to an FIM statement. hAYdEn cOnSIdERS ThE OPTIOnS Former World Champion looks to stay in MotoGP Nicky Hayden, World Champion in 2006, now seems certain to stay in MotoGP after being dropped by Ducati, with at least two offers on the table in addition to the Ducati superbike opportunity. “There’s no decision yet, but it’s getting pretty close,” he said at Brno. “Probably in the next two weeks – things are moving pretty quick. “A month ago I didn’t think I would have so many options. some of them are pretty exciting.” One is to join stefan Bradl at the LCR team riding a production Honda, but it hinges on sponsorship. Honda America is the prime target, to support a us rider who won the AMA superbike title on a Honda before adding the world title for the Repsol Honda team in 2006. “It’s in the works, but there are still some pieces to be worked out,” he said. Hayden also admitted he had been in discussions with the NGM Forward team, which will run lease Yamaha M1s next year. This puts current incumbent Colin edwards in some jeopardy, unless the Italian team chooses to run two American riders. Hayden was told before the us GP at Laguna seca that his Ducati contract would not be renewed, after five years with the team. He is to be replaced by current top satellite rider Cal Crutchlow. “Don’t feel sorry for me,” he said at the time. “I’ll survive.” The interest from second-tier teams proves him right. 16 GPWEEK.com // 16 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: