There has been a lot of talk recently of MotoGP riders slimming to suit their reduced capacity bikes. There are a current crop of pintsized riders that are extremely quick, ergo, the pervading logic seems, you now have to be really light to compete.

It is more the case that racers face great uncertainty with the capacity change and want to be seen to be doing all they can in response to change. If shedding a few kilos helps to overcome a negative sense that they might be disadvantaged in some way come the first round they will happily do it.

On Thursday Colin Edwards may have helped dispel the myth that weight will be critical by brilliantly topping the time sheets at Sepang. The Texan has put the Slimfast sponsorship deals on hold. Now where did I hide that Galaxy bar?

Chris Morley is Director of First Sports Sponsorship Agency on


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