Motoette -in forward motion

MotoGP~ 2nd round at Jerez, Espana

The fans of MotoGP are looking forward to an exciting “battle of the bikes” this weekend as riders prepare for the first European race of the season at the Jerez de la Frontera circuit in Spain.

After the first round of the season in Qatar, the Championship was led by Casey Stoner, who was also joined by reigning World Champion Jorge Lorenzo at a press conference this week.

Stoner said it was good to get off to a winning start in Qatar but the result in Spain would provide a clearer picture of how the rest of the season will look.

Repsol Honda’s latest premier rider went on to say that he hadn’t done too well at the Jerez circuit in the past, having only managed one podium from his nine visits,  and a third place in the 2009.  But there is time to turn things around and he has confidence in his bike.

Last year the race was won by Lorenzo, clearing a clean path to the title, but he says this will count for nothing when racing starts. He went on to say he has a lot of experience at this track, but this year is another Championship with different circumstances.

The Spaniard also said that in the face of a stiff competition from Honda, improving the power from the Yamaha was a priority for the team. Despite some updates, their efforts may not come soon enough for the weekend. The team has a few tricks up their sleeve, but will wait until later, around the fifth or sixth race to put them to the test.

Valentino Rossi, the most successful rider having won six times at Jerez in the premier class, admitted that his rivals have taken big steps over the winter period, something that Ducati is yet to match.

Troubled with fuel problems at Qatar, Marco Simoncelli’s manager has declared the Italian ready for the podium, even though the San Carlo Honda Gresini rider is piloting  a HRC factory machine. The best Simoncelli achieved as premier class rookie last year was a fourth, he was only eleventh at Jerez in 2010, but the young Italian has set his sights higher for this weekend.

Dani Pedrosa is hoping not to experience another technical issue in Jerez, which he says was the reason for his last-minute defeat in last year’s event. Pedrosa faces this year’s race with physical rather than technical problems on his mind. In Qatar, he had to accept he wasn’t going to be able to compete for the victory due to numbness and a lack of strength in his left arm. In the premier class Pedrosa has always finished in the top two at the Spanish circuit.

Final Session Results of FP1

1  27  Casey STONER   AUS  Repsol Honda Team HONDA 1’39.551 
2  26  Dani PEDROSA   SPA  Repsol Honda Team  HONDA 1’39.579 
3  46  Valentino ROSSI   ITA  Ducati Team   DUCATI 1’40.077 
4  58  Marco SIMONCELLI  ITA  San Carlo Honda Gresini  HONDA 1’40.176 
5  1  Jorge LORENZO   SPA  Yamaha Factory Racing  YAMAHA 1’40.420 
6  4  Andrea DOVIZIOSO  ITA  Repsol Honda Team  HONDA 1’40.429 
7  11  Ben SPIES   USA  Yamaha Factory Racing  YAMAHA 1’40.887 
8  5  Colin EDWARDS   USA  Monster Yamaha Tech 3  YAMAHA 1’41.063 
9  14  Randy DE PUNIET  FRA  Pramac Racing Team  DUCATI 1’41.064 
10  69  Nicky HAYDEN   USA  Ducati Team   DUCATI 1’41.233 
11  17  Karel ABRAHAM   CZE  Cardion AB Motoracing  DUCATI 1’41.398 
12  8  Hector BARBERA   SPA  Mapfre Aspar MotoGP  DUCATI 1’41.601 
13  7  Hiroshi AOYAMA  JPN  San Carlo Honda Gresini  HONDA 1’41.816 
14  35  Cal CRUTCHLOW   GBR  Monster Yamaha Tech 3  YAMAHA 1’41.949 
15  24  Toni ELIAS   SPA  LCR Honda MotoGP  HONDA 1’42.157 
16  65  Loris CAPIROSSI   ITA  Pramac Racing Team  DUCATI 1’42.313 
17  21  John HOPKINS   USA  Rizla Suzuki MotoGP  SUZUKI 1’42.538

Final Session Results of FP 2
1  27  Dani PEDROSA  SPA  Repsol Honda Team HONDA 1’40.101 
2  26  Casey STONER   AUS  Repsol Honda Team  HONDA 1’40.289 
3  46  Jorge LORENZO  SPA  Yamaha Factory Racing YAMAHA 1’40.623 
4  58  Marco SIMONCELLI  ITA  San Carlo Honda Gresini  HONDA 1’40.701 
5  1  Valentino ROSSI   ITA  Ducati Team  DUCATI 1’40.956 
6  4  Randy DE PUNIET FRA  Pramac Racing Team DUCATI 1’40.982 
7  11 Ben SPIES   USA  Yamaha Factory Racing  YAMAHA 1’41.053 
8  5  Nicky HAYDEN  USA  Ducati Team  DUCATI 1’41.058 
9  14  Hiroshi AOYAMA  JPN  San Carlo Honda Gresini HONDA 1’41.292 
10  69  Karel ABRAHAM  CZE Cardion AB Motoracing DUCATI 1’41.304 
11  17  Colin EDWARDS   USA  Monster Yamaha Tech 3 YAMAHA 1’41.337 
12  8  Andrea DOVIZIOSO  ITA  Repsol Honda Team HONDA 1’41.407 
13  7  Hector BARBERA   SPA  Mapfre Aspar MotoGP DUCATI 1’41.665 
14  35  Loris CAPIROSSI  ITA  Pramac Racing Team   DUCATI 1’41.810 
15  24  Cal CRUTCHLOW   GBR  Monster Yamaha Tech 3 YAMAHA 1’41.854 
16  65  John HOPKINS  USA  Rizla Suzuki MotoGP SUZUKI 1’42.305 
17  21  Toni ELIAS   SPA  LCR Honda MotoGP  HONDA 1’42.690

April 1, 2011 - Posted by | Alvaro Bautista, Andrea Dovizioso, Ben Spies, Casey Stoner, Dani Pedrosa, Ducati, girlracer, Jerez, Jorge Lorenzo, marco simoncelli, MotoGP, motorcycle racing, motorcycles, Qatar, Valentino Rossi

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