Poncharal: "Crutchlow Is Our First Choice!"

Despite all attempts to put MotoGP's silly season on hold while the world awaits Valentino Rossi's announcement that he has signed for Ducati, the business of filling next year's empty seats rumbles on. That business is most pressing for the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha team, as the team looks set to lose both its current riders at the end of this season.

In an interview with the French website Moto Caradisiac, Monster Tech 3 team boss Herve Poncharal sheds some light on his plans for 2011. The interview covers both MotoGP and Moto2, and in it, Poncharal lets slip a few interesting details.

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US MotoGP Shakeup: Back-To-Back Rounds Could See All Classes At Laguna And Indy

Ever since its return to America, MotoGP in the USA has been something of an anomaly. When the series first headed back across the Atlantic in 2005, it was only the MotoGP class that made the trip to Laguna Seca, with cost and limited paddock space cited as reasons for leaving the (then) 250 and 125 classes back in Europe. When the Red Bull US GP in Laguna was joined by the Red Bull Indianapolis GP at the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway facility in 2008, the two support classes joined the MotoGP riders in the US, but only at Indy. Furthermore, the two US rounds have also always been separated by at least one European race, forcing the teams to fly their bikes and equipment out to the US twice.

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Nicky And Roger Lee Hayden Teleconference:

Over the course of the year, the press relations people at two of the venues hosting international motorcycle racing in the US - Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Miller Motorsports Park - have hosted some fascinating teleconferences with the stars of the MotoGP and World Superbike series. Yesterday, it was the turn of Indy, and in the capable hands of IMS' communications manager Paul Kelly, the press got a chance to talk to the youngest two of the Hayden brothers, Nicky and Roger Lee. Obviously, much of the talk was about their recent experiences at the Red Bull US GP at Laguna Seca, but Nicky and Roger also got a chance to talk about a few other subjects as well: Rog talked about his upcoming Moto2 ride at the Red Bull Indianapolis GP on August 28th, while Nicky talked about the strength of racing in Owensboro, Kentucky, and how important Indy is as a home race. Here's the transcript:

MODERATOR: Welcome everyone to this teleconference for the Red Bull Indianapolis GP. Our guests are two of the prominent members of the first family of American motorcycle racing, the Haydens of Owensboro, Ky. Nicky and Roger Lee Hayden. A little bit of background on both.

Nicky Hayden is in his second season with the Ducati Team and his eighth season overall in MotoGP. He's sixth in the 2010 season standings after finishing fifth in a great battle last Sunday in the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix at Laguna Seca. Nicky has finished on the podium at each of the first two years of the Red Bull Indianapolis GP at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and he'll look to continue that streak at this year's event, which is Aug. 27-29 at IMS.

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2010 Sachsenring Moto2 Race Result - Mid-Race Recovery Rewarded With Victory From Behind

Results and summary of the Moto2 race at the Sachsenring:

Toni Elias has extended his championship lead in the Moto2 class by winning a convincing victory in German Grand Prix. The Gresini Moriwaki rider came from a chasing group to catch the leaders - the FIMMCO Speed Up bikes of Andrea Iannone and Gabor Talmacsi - before passing them to take the win.

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2010 Sachsenring Moto2 FP2 Result - Iannone Heads Simon

Andrea Iannone underlined the strength of his challenge during the Saturday morning session of free practice for the Moto2 class, putting the FIMMCO Speed Up bike at the top of the timesheets with a late charge. Iannone held off Mapfre Aspar's Julian Simon, with Cardion AB's Karel Abraham very close behind. Abraham's fortunes have improved since the Czech rider made the switch from the RSV chassis to the FTR earlier this year. Simone Corsi continued his strong start to the weekend, ending up 4th, ahead of stand-in rider Damian Cudlin on the Pons Kalex.

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2010 Sachsenring Moto2 FP1 Result - Corsi Impresses In Germany

Simone Corsi set the fastest time at the debut of the Moto2 class at the Sachsenring, putting his Motobi ahead of the FIMMCO Speed Up of Gabor Talmacsi by over two tenths of a second, a significant margin at the short German circuit. Alex Baldolini set the third fastest time on the Caretta Technologies ICP, finishing ahead of Julian Simon on the Mapfre Aspar bike. Simon, along with a number of other Suter riders, has a revised chassis in Germany.

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2010 Catalunya Moto2 Race Result - Comfortable Winner In Bizarre Incident-Ridden Contest

Results and summary of the Moto2 race at Barcelona:

Yuki Takahashi took the first victory for the Tech 3 Moto2 team at the Catalunya Grand Prix, after an utterly bizarre race which was strewn with crashes, yellow flags and ride throughs from the very beginning. 

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