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GP Week : Issue 196
MOTOGP >>> nEWs at BriEFly » From the same statistics, Le Mans again stood out as the most crash-happy circuit, thanks to dire weather – but this year’s total of 68 crashes for the weekend fell far short of last year’s 93, when it was even better. Next-worst, in dry weather, were Misano and the Sachsenring (61); while the safest (not counting MotoGP-class only Laguna with 11) was Indianapolis, with just 37 over the weekend. » Thoughts that Rossi might find a seat in his new Sky-VR46 Moto3 team for his half-brother Luca Marini came to naught, with Francesco Bagnaia signed to partner Romano Fenati – the pair were together in the Team Italia squad this year. Marini, whose Misano GP debut came to grief on the first corner, will race in the European and Spanish championships with the Aspar team and do some wild card rides, and is expected to stay with the Spanish squad for a full Moto3 entry in 2014. » Ben Spies has hinted that his retirement from racing announced barely a month ago might not be for good. The triple US and World Superbike champion announced his withdrawal after a nightmare season suffering from serious shoulder problems, only to severely injure his other shoulder on his mid-season return at Indianapolis. In a Twitter post answering requests from fans, he said: “If my body will do what my mind wants, yes, I will look for a return. But at the moment I can only wait.” The provisional entry lists released last week show that new World Champion Mar Marquez will stay true to his word, and stick with his career- long racing number “93”. “A ll my fans have that number, so I have decided to keep it ... but with a small number “1” somewhere on the bike,” he said at Valencia. Youngest-ever champion at 20, he turns 21 in February With 24 names on the list, there are two less than in 2013, and there may yet be further shrinkage, with some entries in doubt. One is that of Italian ex- Ducati rider Niccolo Canepa, entered alongside current Came Iodaproject rider Danilo Petrucci in place of this year’s Lukas Pesek. Canepa was quick to tell Italian press that he had no interest in returning to GPs. The other question mark concerns the Paul Bird Motorsport entry of Michael Laverty and another rider, name “to be confirmed”. Team own Paul Bird has threatened to quit the series if he doesn’t get significant support from Aprilia, especially technically. Aprilia had planned an upgrade to the ART to bring it up to “Open” standard, with pneumatic valves and a seamless- shift gearbox, but plans are uncertain after the departure of key race engineer Gigi Dall’Igna to Ducati. Bird this year ran Laverty on an Aprilia-powered bike with a chassis built specially for the team, and Yonny Hernandez on an Aprilia ART machine. There are 35 Moto2 entries, with AMA champion Josh Herrin heading the list, riding number “2” on the new Caterham Suter entry: champion Pol Espargaro and runner up Scott Redding (entitled to the first two numbers) have both moved up to MotoGP. MARQUEz TO STAY #93 at 21 2014 Entry List cointains some gaps As Moto2 veteran Thomas Luthi topped Moto2 time -sheets at post-season tests at Jerez and Valencia, Australian bright hope Jack Miller made a typically dramatic start in first tests with his new team – the factory KTM Moto3 squad. The teenager set the fastest time at Jerez on his new bike, then fell off to break his collarbone. Nothing daunted, Miller ran two more days of testing at the Almeria circuit before submitting to surgery at the hands of famed GP doctor Xavier Mir in Barcelona. “It was quite a big operation,” Miller told MotoGP.com, describing how the Jerez crash had pulled out screws and refractured the collarbone he broke at Indianapolis. Miller was top Honda rider in a season dominated by the KTMs, and his spirited riding meant he was snapped up to replace Luis Salom in the Red Bull Ajo team. Salom led the championship for much of the season, finally finishing third overall after crashing out of a dramatic finale with three possible title winners. The Moto2 tests saw Rabat and Torres closest to the dominant Luthi, while high-profile newcomers caught the eye. US champion and track virgin Josh Herrin was 17th at Jerez on the new Caterham -backed Suter entry, almost 2.5 seconds off the leaders. The position was respectable, sandwiched between class rookies and new uneasy team- mates Salom and the Moto3 title winner Maverick Vinales, the faster of the Spanish pair. LUTHI TOPS MOTO2, MILLER MOTO3 ... . .. with a broken collarbone 14 GPWEEK.com // 14 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: