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GP Week : Issue 200
at BriEFly » Cal Crutchlow is fighting to be fit for the next MotoGP race in Argentina. The Briton is nursing a broken hand after falling from his Ducati, having already stopped for a fresh tyre. At first he was diagnosed with a dislocated finger, but that was later changed to a “badly broken” right hand. It turned out to be both and he underwent surgery in San Diego last week. » Suzuki tested its MotoGP bike at Austin after the GP. Test rider Randy De Puniet was joined for the occasion by Kevin Schwantz, the former World Champion describing the experience feeling “like going from a 500cc to a 250cc bike; the MotoGP machine is so small and compact!” » MoviStar is ramping up its MotoGP involvement. The Spanish telco, which backs the Yamaha factory team, will become the naming rights sponsor of the Aragon MotoGP round in September. MoviStar track signage will also feature a most MotoGP events. » Casey Stoner visited the paddock in Austin. The two-time MotoGP World Champion has been spending time in the USA looking at some Supercross events, and later spent some personal time with fellow retiree, Ben Spies. VALENTINO TYRED AND EMOTIONAL MOTOGP >>> nEWs Valentino Rossi’s race in Texas was hampered by tyre problems – but it was the front tyre that forced him to slow down. The veteran started the race well and was running with the leaders early until he was forced to slow dramatically as the front of his Yamaha started to slide. He was using a hard Bridgestone tyre. " Maybe we needed the extra hard," he said. " But Yamaha have a problem on the extra hard, so we have to improve, we have to understand why." " It's a shame because we lose some point (sic) for the championship.” such was Rossi’s lack of speed that he finished eighth, 45 seconds behind race winner Marc Marquez. The spaniard was 9s faster over the 22 laps than he was in 2013, but Rossi dropped 20 seconds on his own 2013 race time. 14 GPWEEK.com // 14 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: