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Jimmy Decotis had a hectic week leading up to the Beto Carrero GP, finally arriving late Friday afternoon after being denied access to his envisaged flight from Munich on Tuesday: "I didn't know I needed a visa ... and neither did anyone in the team ... until I got to the airport. I had to fly back to Boston and spent two days at the Brazilian Embassy. I finally got the visa two days before the last flight which could get me here in time."
Real GP racing returns to Finland this summer for the first time since Andrea Bartolini clinched Yamaha's first four-stroke world title in 1999 and Grant Langston was the 125 king in Y2K, so it is with eager anticipation that the GP teams head to the Land of the Midnight Sun at the completion of the three week northern tour on the weekend of July 13/14. The venue is to be Hyvinkää, scene of many a GP classic in the early 1980s; the trees have been cleared, but U can get some idea of the fast sandy track in a helmet cam vid @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oo3g6dah3gI&list=UUcnmB4kT9xR8WM1cbnvbY_w&index=1
END OF THE ROAD FOR 108%
TF for that ! | 14.05.2013
The following message just flashed into the mailbox from FIM HQ in Geneva:
IMMEDIATE APPLICATION Art. 5.11 Qualifying
The obligation for a rider to achieve a time equal to at least 108% of the average time of the top 10 recorded during the Pre-Qualifying Practice is suspended on a provisional basis. The Race Direction is entitled and encouraged to prevent any riders whose performance in the practices does not match the average competition level from participating in the event.
CONSISTENCY PAYS OFF FOR BARRAGAN
... but Leok grabs the red plate | 12.05.2013
Jonathan Barragan took top prize at the Milton Park Maxxis but it was double winner Tanel Leok who was handed the MX1 red plate despite a technical DNF three laps from the end of race three. Sensations in both classes as Shane Carless and returnee Stephen Clarke each ended the day on the podium, while EBB extended his advantage in MX2 despite a last moto reverse at the hands of Steven Lenoir. Full scorers @ "More"