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Suzuki certain to stay in MotoGP for 2011

Alvaro Bautista (Rizla Suzuki)

Speaking to British Eurosport at the Brands Hatch BSB round on Sunday, Rizla Suzuki team boss Paul Denning said that he is "100%" sure Suzuki will remain in MotoGP for 2011, but could offer no concrete assurances of the factory's participation beyond that.

"Business is tough," added Denning, before implying that Suzuki needs to be convinced of the future economic model for MotoGP - and achieve greater track success - to remain involved for the long term.

2011 is the final year of the 800cc MotoGP formula, with new 1000cc rules coming into effect from 2012.

That means, unless Suzuki wants to fall further behind, it will need to design an all-new bike - hence the uncertainly beyond next season.

2011 is also when the current contract between the MSMA (MotoGP manufacturers) and Dorna expires.

Suzuki has rookie Alvaro Bautista under contract for next year, but veteran team-mate Loris Capirossi looks certain to leave the team - possibly for Pramac Ducati - after becoming disillusioned by the lack of progress with the GSV-R project.

Suzuki has only won one MotoGP race since the switch from 500cc two-strokes at the end of 2001 and hasn't taken a podium finish since 2008.

Kawasaki withdrew its factory team from MotoGP - due to a lack of results and the global financial crisis - at the end of 2008. Suzuki, as the next least-successful brand, has faced questions over its continued participation ever since.

Mentioning Kawasaki's MotoGP exit, Denning added that he was pleased to see Kawasaki win race two at Brands, in the hands of WSBK rider Tom Sykes, who is making a one-off BSB return this weekend with the Paul Bird Motorsport team.

Suzuki last won a 500cc/MotoGP title with Kenny Roberts Jr in 2000.

Article from Racers Republic

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Ducati deny Valentino Rossi's move from Yamaha is done

Ducati say they have not completed a deal to sign Valentino Rossi despite rumours that the seven-time MotoGP world champion was set to move.
The Fiat Yamaha rider is widely expected to join the Italian team next season following Casey Stoner's exit.
"Recent news which has appeared on websites has been misreported and must be attributed to the many rumours circulating lately," said a statement.

"Whether and when a deal is reached an official press release will be issued."
Former world champion Stoner recently announced he was leaving Ducati at the end of the season to join Honda, which would create the vacancy for the Italian rider and Italian manufacturer to link up.

Rossi has just returned to action following a broken leg which looks to have ended any realistic chance he had of retaining his world title this year, as he now lies fifth in the standings.
His Fiat Yamaha team-mate Jorge Lorenzo is the leader, 72 points clear of nearest rival Dani Pedrosa.

Earlier this week, Ducati chief executive and president Gabriele Del Torchio had been quoted as saying Rossi would be paired with American Nicky Hayden in the company's 2011 MotoGP team, but they have now backtracked.

"Regarding the recent allegations attributed to Mr del Torchio, Ducati states that no agreement has been reached with the riders Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden for the future Moto GP season, although our interest in these riders remains," said the Ducati statement.

Despite Ducati's coyness, Rossi is widely expected to announce the end of his seven-year association with Yamaha during the next round of the MotoGP championship, at Brno in the Czech Republic on 14-15 August.

Yamaha racing boss Lin Jarvis recently stated he wanted his rider line-up for next year finalised before the Brno race weekend, with World Superbikes champion Ben Spies tipped to be named as Lorenzo's new team-mate.

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A Motorbike Fire Engine!

Firefighters on Merseyside will use motorcycles to answer fire calls in a new pilot scheme.

The BMW bikes carry two 25-litre water tanks and a 30-metre hose reel which produces water droplets and foam.

Merseyside Fire and Rescue is the first fire service in the UK to use the new vehicles. It will use two bikes for attending low-level fires.

The service said it will allow them to save fire engines for emergencies where life or property is at risk.
'Pioneering project'
Deputy chief fire officer Mike Hogen said: "We are once again looking for innovative ways to help us tackle the issues that we face in Merseyside.

"Anti-social behaviour fires, such as wheelie bins and skips, account for 62% of our total fire call-outs.
"In recent years we have looked at alternative ways to tackle these incidents and these fire bikes offer a new, exciting possibility."

The firefighters using the bikes have been given special training and specially-designed protective equipment.
Group manager John McCormack, from the fire service, said: "It is a pioneering way of dealing with small fires and because it has never been done here, the project has been several years in the making.

"The bike and the kit have been specifically designed so that they are safe and fit for purpose and we are impressed with the products that we now have."

The trial is due to start next month.

You have to ask how well that is going to handle when the tanks are only half full and the water is sloshing about!

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