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2009 250cc World Championship Standings After Round 12, Indianapolis, Indianapolis

1 AOYAMA Hiroshi JPN 192  
2 BAUTISTA Alvaro SPA 176 -16
3 SIMONCELLI Marco ITA 165 -27
4 BARBERA Hector SPA 133 -59
5 PASINI Mattia ITA 100 -92
6 DE ROSA Raffaele ITA 82 -110
7 FAUBEL Hector SPA 79 -113
8 LOCATELLI Roberto ITA 78 -114
9 LUTHI Thomas SWI 74 -118
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Round Number: 
12
Year: 
2009

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2009 125cc World Championship Standings After Round 12, Indianapolis, Indianapolis

1 SIMON Julian SPA 185  
2 TEROL Nicolas SPA 132.5 -52.5
3 SMITH Bradley GBR 131.5 -53.5
4 GADEA Sergio SPA 112 -73
5 IANNONE Andrea ITA 109.5 -75.5
6 ESPARGARO Pol SPA 104.5 -80.5
7 MARQUEZ Marc SPA 74 -111
8 CORTESE Sandro GER 65 -120
9 FOLGER Jonas GER 62 -123
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Round Number: 
12
Year: 
2009

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MSMA: Engines To Be Leased From 2011, More Details To Follow At Estoril

MotoGP's biggest problem right now is the number of bikes on the grid. The withdrawal of Kawasaki, leaving just a single bike in the Hayate team cut the grid down to 18 bikes, and once Sete Gibernau's Grupo Francisco Hernando team pulled out, the field was cut just to 17. With Kawasaki almost certain to withdraw the last remaining bike from the Hayate team next year and the return of the extra Ducati for the Aspar team, the grid is likely to stay at 17, though it could increase to 18 if Honda does add an extra bike, as HRC has hinted it might.

To deal with this problem, and drastically reduce the costs of participation, Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta suggested that the rules be altered to allow production-based 1000cc engines in prototype chassis to run against the existing 800cc full prototypes. As a serious suggestion, it was almost certainly doomed from the start, but as a bargaining gambit, it has been a stroke of genius. The suggestion immediately jolted MSMA into action, and at the Sachsenring, the manufacturers organization offered a counter proposal to lease just 800cc prototype engines on their own, rather than entire bikes. They asked the Grand Prix Commission, MotoGP's rulemaking body, for some time to come up with a more detailed proposal, which they promised to present at the meeting scheduled for this weekend at Indianapolis.

That proposal was presented this morning to the Grand Prix Commission - sort of. After the Grand Prix Commission met, the press release issued contained only a few minor detail changes to the 2009 tire regulations, so MotoGPMatters.com tracked down Herve Poncharal, boss of the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha team and IRTA's representative inside the Grand Prix Commission and asked him just what the MSMA's proposal had consisted of. The answer, it appears, is a little more complicated than just a straight proposal. 

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2009 Indianapolis 250cc QP Result - Favorite Pipped For Pole

Result and summary of the 250cc qualifying practice at Indianapolis:

More French success in the 250cc class, as Mike di Meglio, Aspar team mate to Alvaro Bautista, took a last minute pole at Indianapolis. The Frenchman nipped ahead of title leader Hiroshi Aoyama on the very last lap, forcing the Scot Honda rider down into 2nd. Marco Simoncelli will start from 3rd on the grid, with Hector Barbera, who has been competitive all weekend, starting from 4th.

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