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MotoGP: Gran Premi Aperol de Catalunya Pre Race Report

After a two-week hiatus from our beloved MotoGP paddocks, the Gran Premi Aperol de Catalunya in Spain will play host to the 5th   round for the 2011 season and the venue to kick off the mega 6 races in 8 weeks time! The Catalan track is a favorite by many of the premier riders with its large attendance, elevations changes, high-speed and slow corners and is also home to reigning Champion Jorge Lorenzo.

The Catalunya homeboy will be looking to continue his victorious history at the 2nd Spanish circuit to host the GP this season with a pole win in 2010. After Le Mans, the Factory Yamaha rider managed to extend his lead to 78 points, surpassing his closest rival, Casey Stoner by 12 points.

After sustaining a finger injury during a warm up at the French track, Jorge continues to recover and hopes to be fit as he was in Jerez to take on the brawny competition. He and his team plan on aiming high for the podium starting this Friday.

Another Yamaha Factory rider, Ben Spies is looking forward to reconnecting to one of his ideal tracks of the season to date. It is true the American rider has had a rough start with some less than favorable results, but is starting to rebuild his confidence after a more positive experience coming off Le Mans in mid May. Spies and his team will be working hard to move up the standings ladder with the goal in mind to gain more points and break into a top five position.

Repsol Honda rider, Casey Stoner will also be entering into this weekend with confidence after coming off a 25th premier class podium win at Le Mans and placing on the podium consecutively at the Spanish circuit since 2007. The audacious Aussie is clearly in a strong position to continue his success in the compact succession of race weekends.

It has been decided that Stoner’s teammate, Dani Pedrosa will regrettably not be racing this weekend after undergoing surgery to yet another shoulder injury just 3 weeks ago. The Spanish Repsol Honda rider clipped the rear tyre of Marco Simoncelli and went down in the final laps of the Le Mans race, resulting in a collarbone injury on the opposite side just weeks from his prior injury. The questionable maneuver by the wild haired Italian has been the talk of the track and has inspired a lot of heavy discussion amongst fan forums in the interim.

The third and final Repsol rider, Andrea Dovizioso, has been one of the most consistent riders in the 2011 season. Although the Italian rider hasn’t been at the top of the leaderboards, he has been progressive in his steadiness and hopes to be able to showcase his efforts in another podium win coming off his latest race in France.

The controversial San Carlo Honda Gresini rider, Marco Simoncelli is under the watchful eye of the FIM this weekend in his aggressive overtaking choices. The lanky rider will be meeting with the Race Direction this weekend to discuss the incident at hand. Simoncelli has stated that he regrets what happened in France and hopes to put this behind him, wishing Pedrosa a quick recovery in time for the race weekend.

Teammate Hiroshi Aoyama and Ducati Team’s Nicky Hayden are equally matched in the standings just three points from each other. Hayden has fond memories of this weekend’s circuit with its large crowds and his podium win in 2006. The Kentucky Kid is confident with his team and the improvements being made to his GP11 since the start of the season.

Recent team Ducati rider Valentino Rossi is no stranger to the Montmelo podium and is feeling fine after his first 2011 podium finish in France. The radical Italian feels right at home in the Spanish winners circle, becoming one of the most successful racers, claiming nine victories there, six in the premier class. Rossi is especially looking forward to making up for some lost time after not being able to participate on race day after an injury in 2010. The Barcelona based circuit is one of Rossi’s favorites, second to Mugello and especially enjoys the large crowd it brings.

Monster Yamaha Tech 3 teammates, Colin Edwards and Cal Crutchlow are even steven with 21 points and counting, along with Maphre Aspar Team’s Hector Barbera. The British rookie will be making his first debut appearance at Catalunya’s Montmelo race circuit.

Alvaro Bautista, Rizla Susuki’s one and only rider is hoping to come on strong in his homeland turf after continuing to recover from a fractured femur sustained early on in the race year.

Cardion AB Motorracing’s Karel Abraham, LCR’ Toni Elias and Pramac’s racing pair, Randy de Puniet and Loris Capirossi are all hoping to capitalize on some great racing this weekend and improving their results from the last 4 races.

Look for all the wild and wacky race action to commence this Friday morning June 3 at 10:10am local time (GMT+2) starting with the first free Practice round.

MotoGP World Standing 2011

Pos. Rider Bike Nation Points
1 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha SPA 78
2 Casey STONER Honda AUS 66
3 Dani PEDROSA Honda SPA 61
4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Honda ITA 50
5 Valentino ROSSI Ducati ITA 47
6 Nicky HAYDEN Ducati USA 39
7 Hiroshi AOYAMA Honda JPN 36
8 Marco SIMONCELLI Honda ITA 22
9 Colin EDWARDS Yamaha USA 21
10 Hector BARBERA Ducati SPA 21
11 Cal CRUTCHLOW Yamaha GBR 21
12 Ben SPIES Yamaha USA 20
13 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati CZE 18
14 Toni ELIAS Honda SPA 17
15 Loris CAPIROSSI Ducati ITA 9
16 Alvaro BAUTISTA Suzuki SPA 7
17 Randy DE PUNIET Ducati FRA 6
18 John HOPKINS      
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June 2, 2011 - Posted by | Alvaro Bautista, Andrea Dovizioso, Ben Spies, Casey Stoner, Colin Edwards, Dani Pedrosa, Ducati, girlracer, Hector Barbera, Jerez, Jorge Lorenzo, Le Mans, Loris Capirossi, marco simoncelli, MotoGP, motorcycle racing, motorcycles, Nicky Hayden, toni elais, Valentino Rossi

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