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GP Week : Issue 193
Australia’s unprecedented dry-weather pit-stop race should not set itself to become a precedent, according to winner Jorge Lorenzo, mainly concerned about the dangers to riders and to team personnel in pit lane. But his Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi – one of those who benefited from nifty work on the swap-over – was not so sure. “Maybe it could be an option, one or maybe two pit stops for longer races.” Rossi later recanted somewhat, as second-placed Pedrosa insisted that races should be “one stint”. But Hayden – who had also gained two places in his well-practised changeover – was one of several who enjoyed the process. so too spectators and TV viewers ... from Lorenzo’s quick step-and-go to Marquez’s balletic pirouette. Lorenzo’s opposition was cogent. “After the stop nothing works right: the tyres and especially the brakes are too cool. It makes the early laps dangerous,” he said. The flag-to-flag bike-change system was introduced to take account of changing weather mid-race, so riders could change to a bike with wet (or possibly dry) tyres. Bike changes must, however, be to a different type of tyre. Amid a flurry of on-the-hoof rule changes giving Race Direction sweeping new on-the-spot authority, a compulsory bike-change in the middle of a shortened race was decreed, and to the same type of tyre. This was in response to Bridgestone’s information that the tyres were safe for only 10 rather than the prescribed 27 laps. MOTOGP >>> nEWs PIT-STOP RACES? "No, thanks"– Lorenzo, Pedrosa; "Hmmm, maybe" – Rossi, Hayden 14 GPWEEK.com // 14 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: