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GP Week : Issue 205
at BriEFly » The Marquez brothers may have extended their winning streaks in Holland but one that ended was Kalex’s. The Moto2 winning streak of the German company ended at seven, with Ant West giving SpeedUp its first win of the season. » The change in ownership of the Caterham Formula 1 team is not expected to impact on the Caterham Moto Racing team. The AirAsia backed team fields two entries in Moto2; Johann Zarco, who scored fourth at Assen and Josh Herrin, who was 18th. The two started seventh and 27th, respectively. » Max Biaggi has been out testing for Aprilia again. The two-time Superbike World Champion completed 63 laps at Mugello, working mainly on set-up and electronics. Biaggi’s best time of 1:51.200s was about 1.3s shy of the best Qualifying time by a production- engined Open bike from May’s race. » Charley Boorman will be riding at Phillip Island’s MotoGP – sort of. The noted adventurer will be in two 90-minute shows over the weekend, the Brit sharing stories from his numerous around-the-world adventures. » Scott Redding and Bradley Smith were among the riders to appear at Goodwood’s Festival of Speed. The two MotoGP racers jetted back to England from Assen, Redding riding a Honda RS500 and Smith throwing his leg over an ex-Kenny Roberts Yamaha YZR500. » Nicky Ajo has undergone surgery on a broken ankle. The Husqvarna rider was thrown off his bike on lap 7, and was flown to Barcelona to have the treatment at the Hospital Universitario Quirón Dexeus. His status for the German GP is expected to be assessed next week. Lorenzo: my Worst rACe MOTOGP >>> nEWs jorge lorenzo has apologised to his team and fans after admitting he was “scared” during the Dutch TT. The double MotoGP champion was never in the hunt during the race and, after running no higher than sixth, dropped back once the riders were on slick tyres. He finished the race in 13th place, the worst finishing position in his six seasons in the premier category. Lorenzo suffered a major fall at Assen last year, crashing in a wet session and flying home to Spain to have a broken collarbone plated. He finished an impressive fifth in the race after returning to the track. “It has probably been my worst race in MotoGP,” he said after the race. “The bike worked well in the wet. The bike also worked well in the dry. But I was not confident enough. “I was just scared at this track. When I saw the rain spitting in some corners I just didn’t want to take risks. “So today has been 100 percent my fault. I was to apologise to the team, the people that work with me and the fans because I was unable to be brave, to be fast in these track conditions like the other riders.” Lorenzo is now fifth in the MotoGP points, 119 points behind leader Marc Marquez and 47 behind his Yamaha teammate Valentino Rossi. OPEN AND SHUT CASE The controversial Open class made its presence felt at Assen, with Aleix espargaro taking pole on his Forward Yamaha. The Spaniard took advantage of the changeable weather in Holland, getting clear road to beat Marc Marquez to pole by 1.4s. In the race, he finished fourth, the best-placed Yamaha rider and 6.7s ahead of Valentino Rossi. The other Open rider to set tongues in motion was Broc Parkes. After running back to the pits after a crash on the formation lap, the Australian started on slicks and when the riders who started on wets all pitted, he found himself in sixth. The PBM bike ran in the company of the Factory entries for some time, finishing 11th at the flag, the second- best placed of the Open entries. “I’m over the moon because this is my best result,” said Parkes, “and to show the pace on the dry tyres shows the progress we’ve made over the last couple of races.” 18 GPWEEK.com // 18 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: