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GP Week : Issue 194
MOTOGP >>> nEWs at BrIEFly » The rise of Spain continues. For the second time in GP history, Spanish riders will take every title. Pol Espargaro secured the Moto2 crown at the last race at Motegi; while any one of three Spanish compatriots could win in Moto3 (see separate story). In 2010 the titles went the same way: Marquez (125), Elias (Moto2) and Lorenzo (MotoGP). » Riders of production racer Yamahas and Hondas next year will, as “Open” category bikes, be entitled to 24 litres of fuel and a dozen engines. But Honda’s bike will be built to a weight- and space-saving 22 litres; while Yamaha will provide the same number of engines as the factory bikes: five. Both are a strong indication that the machines really are close to factory spec. » The return to Brazil next year can only be confirmed at the end of March next year, if construction of the Nelson Piquet circuit at Brasilia is on schedule, and teams were told in Japan that should the race not go ahead, the Aragon round will be delayed by one week to take its September 28 date. This would be welcome relief from a three-in-a-row schedule encompassing a trip across the Atlantic. CRASH, BANG, WALLOP ... ... and, in Marquez's case, walk away! How much has Marquez’s first season has been down to luck, and how much to skill? The skill is obvious, but good luck has played a massive part in the 20-year- old’s first MotoGP season. That, and a youthful ability to absorb physical punishment – in short, to bounce back. Only one rider has recorded more falls in Dorna’s spill-list: crash-happy Colombian Yonny Hernandez, with 18. Marquez is only three behind, after adding another to the list at Motegi, following two the weekend before in Australia. As significantly, one of the Repsol Honda rider’s crashes was another record-breaker ... when he jumped off to save himself from hitting the trackside wall at Mugello at more than 340 km/h. He sur vived more or less unscathed, and was lying second in the race when he crashed again. Another crash in morning warm-up at Silverstone dislocated his shoulder. It was quickly put back into place, and he raced to a close second. With an overall total of 15, he is a long way ahead of the rest. His title rival Lorenzo by comparison has recorded only three crashes all season ... but in two of them he broke the same collarbone, recording his own only zero - score and a handful of downbeat finishes as a result. Dani Pedrosa has six on record, one of them triggered when team-mate Marquez ran into him at Aragon. He too suffered a broken collarbone, and a championship setback very similar to Lorenzo. The next on the list are Cal Crutchlow and Alvaro Bautista, with 12 falls each; then Andrea Iannone, Stefan Bradl and CRT rider Bryan Staring, with 11 apiece. Lukas Pesek is the other rider in double figures. 17 GPWEEK.com // 17 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: