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GP Week : Issue 189
at BrIEFly » Marc Marquez was docked two penalty points on the new cumulative system of punishment for his warm-up crash at Silverstone, where he dislocated his collarbone after more or less following Crutchlow into the gravel. His offence was ignoring waved yellow and oil flags, according to Race Direction, and continuing fast enough to crash himself, endangering marshals attending the English rider and his bike (they had to run for their lives). “I cannot say much, I didn’t see the flags,” he commented. Marc is no stranger to the dock, having earned sanctions in 125 and Moto2 classes several times.The good news for the wonder-rookie was that his injury will not require surgery. » Winning means popularity, and popularity means money. Even, in Rossi’s case, when he’s not winning any more. Valentino’s Ducati doldrums did nothing to dent his earnings, both on the bike and through his VR46 marketing organisation, and he placed fifth in world motorsports earnings in the latest Forbes Magazine list. Two F1 drivers, Alonso and Hamilton, topped the list, with $30-million and $27.5 -million respectively, then US NASCAR stars Dale Earnhardt Jr and Jimmie Johnson, then Rossi, with $22-million. Valentino ranks 51st among all sportsman, where Tiger Woods scoops the pool at $78.1 -million. » Nicky Hayden has been testing the Ducati Superbike, as the company tries to woo him to stay after dropping the 2006 champion from MotoGP. His role would of needs concentrate on development, for the new Panigale 1199R has been notably unsuccessful in the hands of Carlos Checa and Ayrton Badovini. Ducati are dangling big money, and Dorna would also like to see Hayden in the second series, which they took over last year. Hayden wants to stay at top level, hoping American Honda can find the backing for a production-racer ride in the LCR team. He also has an offer from the Aspar team to race the upgraded Aprilia. “I should know by Misano,” he said at Silverstone. The jigsaw for next year ’s MotoGP grid lacks only minor pieces, after Crutchlow's Ducati move opened the way for the other factory, satellite and production-racer riders to slot into place. The latest confirmation, announced at the British GP, was for Moto2 title leader scott Redding, who will join the Gresini GO&FuN team on a production RCV1000R Honda alongside current teamster Alvaro Bautista. The contract is for two years, with the english rider earmarked for a factory-level Honda in 2015. “I ’m looking forward to the challenge, against the best riders in the world, but my focus now is winning the Moto2 title,” said Redding, who leads rival Pol espargaro by 38 points in the junior class, hoping to become the first British GP World Champion since Barry sheene in 1977. He joins Crutchlow and Bradley smith in that quest. With Pol espargaro already confirmed to join smith in the Monster Yamaha team, this leaves only Nicky Hayden among the top riders yet to find a place. The options are closing for the 2006 World Champion. One possibility is a move to the NGM Forward team, which will campaign the lease Yamaha M1 next year. That bike will start with a factory chassis, but the team plans to develop its own chassis with British manufacturer FTR, and Hayden’s experience, dedication and testing skills would prove valuable. However, Hayden is up against old rival and present team incumbent Colin edwards, turning 40 next year, who is eager to stay with the team. His development skills are also well known. The other significant question involves the older espargaro brother Aleix, who continued to underline his position as top CRT rider at silverstone, finishing tenth in spite of a freshly broken finger. Aleix is also on the NGM Forward shopping list, and is keen to make the move, even though it means having to buy his way out of the final year of his contract with his current Aspar Power electronics squad. rEDDING coNfIrMED for MoToGp Hayden, Espargaro Snr and Edwards stay in waiting MOTOGP >>> nEWs 15 GPWEEK.com // 15 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: