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GP Week : Issue 190
MOTOGP >>> nEWs at BrIEFly » Famous car name Caterham is planning an assault on the motorcycle market – spearheaded by a Moto2 campaign starting next year. The British sports car manufacturer is among the 37 teams signed up for Moto2 and Moto3 next year. The numbers were confirmed at Misano. Applications far exceeded grid places, according to Dorna, and they have provisionally accepted 20 Moto2 teams with 33 riders, and 17 Moto3 teams with 32 riders. By the Malaysian GP in October they must lodge a security deposit to secure their place on the grid. » Honda’s fading appeal in the Moto3 class lost a major fingerhold, with the Misano announcement that Fausto Gresini’s team will be switching from FTR-Honda to KTM for next year, when fellow incumbent Antonelli will be joined by hot tip Isaac Vinales. Gresini has been inextricably linked with Honda from his earliest days as a team owner. His rider Sete Gibernau won 500cc races with factory bikes in his satellite team, he has always worked closely with HRC, and when last year he proposed to enter a CRT Aprilia as a second bike, Honda firmly insisted he should instead use a Fireblade engine, the only one in the class. The new KTM junior team would be distinctly separate, however, from his all-Honda MotoGP and Moto2 squads, we were assured. » The Misano circuit is named after late local resident Marco Simoncelli, and there was much ceremony attached to his memory at the GP. None more poignantly expressed than by his close friend Rossi, who commissioned a special helmet with the cover design of Pink Floyd’s “Wish you were here” album, and a full verse of the song of the same name. HAYDEN TAKES THE MIDDLE ROAD TO APRILIA Popular 2006 World Champion Nicky Hayden makes the leap from eleven years on full factory bikes to the other side of racing next year, as racing awaits official confirmation of his move from Marlboro Ducati to the independent Aspar team. But the jump is not all the way across to the outer reaches of CRT. After visiting Aprilia headquarters in the break before the Misano race, Hayden learned the full details of next year’s Aprilia – close to a factory bike in all but name, fuel allowance ... and electronics. The promised upgraded 2014 Aprilia ART, originally based on the factory’s title-winning RSV4 Superbike, will have not only an all-new chassis, but also rev-happy pneumatic valve springs and a seamless-shift gearbox. The only question concerns the compulsory software for the new control electronics: until now Aprilia’s strength has been underlined by the sophisticated home -brewed package. Speculation on the US rider’s destination has been rife ever since he announced at Laguna Seca before the summer break that he’d been dropped from the Ducati berth he has occupied since 2009. On one side, the Italian factory – backed by new series owners Dorna – tried to steer him towards Superbikes, with a lucrative offer, and in the break before Misano a test ride on the Panigale machine. Hayden told GPWeek that a meaningful assessment had been difficult, on different (Pirelli) tyres and with no other Superbikes present, but added: “It turned better than my MotoGP bike, which was interesting.” On the other side, his clear intention to remain in MotoGP, and two other possible destinations were on the table. While one, on a production Honda with the LCR Team, receded as Honda America were unable to find sufficient financial backing, the route was still open to the NGM For ward team, running the new short-chassis leased M1 Yamaha, At Misano, Hayden was obliged to admit the strengthening Aprilia connection after an exercise-logging app informed his social media that he had visited Noale, where the Italian factory is based), and all but admitted the contract. He’d been very impressed by what he’d seen at the racing department, he said, and by the professionalism of the Aspar team, “but it’s not a done deal yet.” The Power Electronics Aspar team, largest in the paddock, is owned by former 80cc superstar Jorge Martinez, fielding high-level entries in all classes. In MotoGP, current rider Aleix Espargaro is runaway CRT leader, and at tight tracks harries the lesser prototypes for good top-ten finishes. However, the Spaniard has decided to jump ship, taking a chance on the as-yet uncompleted NGM For ward bike, based around a leased Yamaha M1 engine and short chassis (no forks or bodywork). This was at some cost to himself and his new team, since his position as clear CRT leader invoked a clause in his contract that obliged him to buy his freedom, at a price eventually negotiated to a reported 400,000 Euros. Crucially the Aspar team has strong links with the Aprilia factory, working closely with the race department helping to develop and refine the ART customer machine over the past two seasons. 17 GPWEEK.com // 17 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: