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MotoGP: Gran Premi Aperol de Catalunya post race review

Even though San Carlo Honda Grisini rider Marco Simoncelli dominated the pre race weekend, it was again not to be for the hefty haired Italian. Repsol Honda’s Casey Stoner seized the center podium for the 3rd time this season, followed by Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo and new comer and teammate Ben Spies in 3rd.

Under the dusky clouded Spanish skies, 81,000 fans looked on to witness another clean sweep by the untouchable Aussie, marking his 26 victory and further pushing his command in Standings to 91 points, just seven points short from top rival, Jorge Lorenzo.

Feeling confident working with the hard compound under fluctuating wet and dry conditions, Stoner kept his signature sizable race pace but felt slightly nervous towards the end as the rain threatened in its approach saying “I just pretty much matched myself to the people behind and managed to keep it on two wheels and bring it home.”

Second place winner Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo pushed past Simoncelli right out of the start line and took the lead in the first few laps of the race until Stoner found his rhythm and connected with his RC212V to hold the lead for the remainder of the moist 28 lap race.

The talented World Champion felt the key was to get a good start and to stay up with Casey Stoner after he surpassed him within the first few turns of the first lap and not make any mistakes with the temperamental weather conditions. Saying; “this race was very important to me, to finish and to keep leading in the Championships. I think we have done our goal.”

Another Factory Yamaha rider to enter the parc ferme and for the first time in the premier class was Ben Spies, which enabled the American to put a respectable 3rd place win under his belt. Spies found his groove early on with a set of new front forks in the first few laps of the race and stayed with the soft dry tyres in the questionable wet conditions. Feeling good about the positive outcome of a less than favorable seasonal start, the rookie rider kept his pace behind the two veteran riders saying “it was great just to see the two guys in front of me on the straight away!”

The fickle wet and dry weather variations left the premier riders and their teams frustrated over what bike set-ups and tyres to use throughout the weekend, leading up to race day.  Stoner, Lorenzo, Simoncelli, Dovizioso and Spies, rallied back and forth in the top 5 positions in the 3 free practice and qualifying practice sessions. Repsol Honda rider, Casey Stoner dominated all 3 FP time sheets, but San Carlos Honda Grisisni’s Marco Simoncelli even surprised himself by taking pole in the QP round.

Today, the conditions did not falter and nor did the riders in the absence of Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa and Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Colin Edwards, due to collarbone injuries. With the exception of San Carlo Honda Grisinis’ Hiroshi Aoyama causing a nose dive with  Pramac Racing Team’s Randy de Puniet  on the 6th lap, it was business as usual for the principle riders in the continuance to score points in standings.

The white flag started to wave from the sidelines in the 15th lap, warning the riders that rain was in the air, giving them the acceptable “green light” to pit and change their dry tyres for the pending wet conditions. All teams ignored the warning and stayed poised not wanting to risk the precious seconds it would take to make the change and kept to the race pace.

Repsol Honda rider Andrea Dovizioso had a great start and did his best to overtake Ben Spies but just could not keep the pace and opted to draft the American instead. Ducati Team Valentino Rossi made an impressive first start out of the grid, but placed his GP11 into a 5th position early on into the race where he remained crossing over the finish line.

San Carlos Honda Grisini’s lost his hard-earned pole start right out of the gate and was labouring over a 7th position for most of the race, but squeezed by with a 6th spot in the end after losing the battle to Rossi. Not a predictable end to the “body guarded” weekend front-runner.

Monster Yamaha Tech 3 British rider, Cal Crutchlow had a consistent and most successful GP race experience as he rallied with Ducati Team’s Nicky Hayden placing a respectable 7th at the Spanish circuit for his rookie season.

The last five riders to bring up the rear where making their own “Private Idaho” going back and forth for the last 5 rankings in race results. Catalunya’s 2003 center podium winner Pramac Racing Team’s Loris Capirossi showed good form and brought back some favorable memories as he gained the 9th spot in a last-minute ditch to Cardion AB Motoracing’s Karel Abraham on the final stretch.

Look for more racing action to commence in Great Britain’s SilverstoneParkthis Friday June 10th at10:10am. The second race circuit to host the 6 race extravaganza in 8 weeks time!

And don’t forget to follow @girlracerlive and @girlracerMotoGP on Twitter for all your racing news updates. And for racing information in its entirety, check out Girlracer.co.uk and our fan based blog on Girlracerlive.com

Barcelona, Sunday, June 05, 2011

Pos. Points Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time/Gap
1 25 27 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda 163.6 43’19.779
2 20 1 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 163.5 +2.403
3 16 11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 163.4 +4.291
4 13 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda 163.3 +5.255
5 11 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 163.2 +7.371
6 10 58 Marco SIMONCELLI ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 162.9 +11.831
7 9 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 162.0 +26.483
8 8 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 161.6 +33.243
9 7 65 Loris CAPIROSSI ITA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 161.0 +43.092
10 6 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE CardionABMotoracing Ducati 161.0 +43.113
11 5 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Mapfre Aspar Team MotoGP Ducati 160.9 +44.224
12 4 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 160.8 +45.239
13 3 24 Toni ELIAS SPA LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 160.1 +58.268
Not Classified
    14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 157.7 22 Laps
    7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 157.4 22 Laps

MotoGP World Standing 2011

Pos. Rider Bike Nation Points
1 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha SPA 98
2 Casey STONER Honda AUS 91
3 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Honda ITA 63
4 Dani PEDROSA Honda SPA 61
5 Valentino ROSSI Ducati ITA 58
6 Nicky HAYDEN Ducati USA 47
7 Ben SPIES Yamaha USA 36
8 Hiroshi AOYAMA Honda JPN 36
9 Marco SIMONCELLI Honda ITA 32
10 Cal CRUTCHLOW Yamaha GBR 30
11 Hector BARBERA Ducati SPA 26
12 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati CZE 24
13 Colin EDWARDS Yamaha USA 21
14 Toni ELIAS Honda SPA 20
15    Ducati ITA 16
16 Alvaro BAUTISTA Suzuki SPA 11
17 Randy DE PUNIET Ducati FRA 6
         
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June 6, 2011 - Posted by | Alvaro Bautista, Andrea Dovizioso, Ben Spies, Casey Stoner, Catalunya, Colin Edwards, Dani Pedrosa, Ducati, girlracer, Jorge Lorenzo, Loris Capirossi, marco simoncelli, MotoGP, motorcycle racing, Nicky Hayden, Randy De Puniet, toni elais, Valentino Rossi, Yamaha

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