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Baker's Dozen: Pre-Laguna Seca MotoGP

MotoGP rider manager Phil Baker answers 13 questions covering the recent Assen, Sachsenring and Mugello rounds of the 2012 season...
Phil Baker worked with MotoGP world champion Nicky Hayden (2004-10) and race winner Chris Vermeulen (2007-10) before setting up his own company, SA 1 Management.

The US-based Brit then managed Factory Yamaha MotoGP star Ben Spies and now works with reigning Moto2 world champion Stefan Bradl, who stepped up to MotoGP this season with LCR Honda.

Got a question for Phil? Post your questions for the next installment of Baker's Dozen within the comments section below...

1. Q:
The last three rounds have seen plenty of movement at the top of the standings - Stoner equaling Lorenzo after Assen, then dropping to third behind Pedrosa in the rounds since - what have you made of it?

Phil Baker:
It has been a very busy time with four races in five weekends and it's fair to say that everyone left the test in Mugello breathing a sigh of relief and looking forward to a few days to catch our breath.

Jorge came back from his unfortunate off in style and fully deserves his lead in the championship. Pedrosa has quietly crept up and is very much in the hunt. Consistency wins championships and he has quietly chipped away taking points on a regular basis.

Casey really surprised me at Mugello as I thought he would be putting up a strong fight with Jorge. That said, we are only half way through the season and there's a long way to go and any one of these three could take the title.

2. Q:
Was Bautista's post-Assen penalty justified in your opinion?

Phil Baker:
Yes. I believe that race control got it right, although I'm not sure if it is really such a disadvantage to start right at the back of the grid, given the grid is made up of two different classes.

Cal had to at Silverstone and finished 6th and of course Alvaro came through at Sachsenring and finished in the top ten, so I would've thought that to start from pit lane with a ten second penalty would be more justified.

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