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GP riders climb as Pedrosa falls.

Cardion ab Grand Prix Ceske Republiky-Post Race Review

Dry conditions, partly cloudy skies and no wind set the stage for another front and center podium win for Repsol Honda’s Casey Stoner. With over one-hundred thousand enthusiastic fans looking on, the audacious Aussie and soon-to be-dad once again, blew the roof off the stadium with over a 5 second lead to his back runners for most of the dry race. The Brno victory now marks six podium wins, holds first place and thirty-two points ahead of Lorenzo in Standings for Casey.

Casey Stoner:

“As soon as the race got underway I was having a good battle with Andrea, but this cost me a little time and I was afraid that Jorge and Dani would stretch away from me, but when I got past I found I had plenty of speed to catch up and the bike felt great. After such a hard weekend it’s fantastic to come out with a comfortable win, a big thanks to my team who never give up.”

Teammate, Andrea Dovizioso fought hard with Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo for a good portion of the race but nabbed second in his classic reticent way. The upset of the day, though, was San Carlo Grisini Honda’s Marco Simoncelli who finally made third to the podium in learning patience riding with the big boys by holding a steady and consistent pace. The Italian was visibly elated at the podium, working hard to get his Bridgestone cap on over his magnanimous hair and finding great amusement in spraying expensive champagne at his fans and two contenders!

Andrea Dovizioso:

“I lost contact and from that moment Casey built a gap that was impossible to catch. I’m happy of how I managed the race first with Lorenzo and then with Simoncelli to maintain second position. In the final five laps I pushed harder.”

Marco Simoncelli:

“I am really happy. I have been very strong this year but it has been tough because we have had some difficult situations to deal with. Me and the team have never lost our faith though and finally the result has come so I want to thank all of them, as well as Honda and anybody else who has maintained their belief in me.”

The 22 lap race had a great Cracker Jack start with first in pole’s Dani Pedrosa setting the pace within the first lap after an exceptional pre race weekend. But, the newly empowered Spaniard could not hold the pace for long and was passed by Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo before the first lap was complete. With three Repsol Honda’s hounding the reigning World Champion, Lorenzo fought to hang on to his front position after his last experience at Laguna Seca. Unfortunately, the bad dream was revisited by Dani Pedrosa over taking, followed by Casey Stoner before they lapped the track for the second time.

But good fortune would not last for Pedrosa as well, when his RC212V surprisingly slid out in the 2nd lap at turn four, putting him out of contention for the remainder of the race. He later said it was due to losing the front end, most likely from cold tyres. His DFN drops his 3rd place in Standings to 5th.

Dani Pedrosa:

“It was a shame. I lost the front and I crashed, that was it! I was not even pushing so hard. I’d just taken the lead and, well, I may have tilted the bike too much or maybe the tyre was not warm enough.”

Jorge Lorenzo:

“The front tyre we chose was not the best option today.There are still a lot of points to be played for so we must focus on winning the most races we can. Now we must forget this race which is probably one of the worst this season and possibly in my MotoGP career, I am excited to try the 1000 bike and improvements to the current 800 engine tomorrow as well!”

With Pedrosa out, Stoner took the lead and soon catapulted himself beyond the pack and never looked back, widening the gap with each lap he took. Lorenzo and Dovizioso hung on to Stoner’s tail pipe for a while but started their own private feud after Stoner went off into the sunset. Dovizioso put the pressure on Lorenzo and finally passed the Mallorcan in the 4th lap. While Simoncelli progressively made his way up to the three front-runners in a 4th position, after having a bad start off the grid.

Cardion AB Motoracing rider and son to the Cardio nab Grand Prix Ceske Republiky Circuit and team owner; Karel Abrahams went off into the kitty litter in the 5th lap but managed to reenter the race in last place. Eight laps later he had to retire from the race with related engine problems.

With Casey Stoner off in the distance, the top three riders, Dovizioso, Lorenzo and Simoncelli continue to stick together, playing musical chairs in who will get the other two spots on the podium.

In the 6th lap, Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Cal Crutchlow low sides unhurt, and is forced to take another disappointing DFN, leaving teammate, Colin Edwards to carry the Satellite torch. The up-beat American rider brought home an 8th spot and continues to uphold his 9th position in Standings, but not before spending most of the race in close pursuit of his compatriot, Nicky Hayden.

Cal Crutchlow:

“Nobody is more disappointed than me with what happened because another crash is the last thing I needed. I am currently having a difficult run of races but all I can do is get my head down, work hard with my crew and try and put things right in the future.”

Along with his hair, Simoncelli has obviously done some growing over the past few race weeks, by keeping his wits and putting the squeeze on Lorenzo’s back side in the 7th lap, which, in the end afforded him his hard earned trophy.

Lorenzo once again went for the gusto and passed Dovizioso in the 8th lap. Making the rounds in a tight formation, Lorenzo, Dovizioso and Simoncelli worked on becoming close, but not personal, in their fight for the podium.

Factory Yamaha’s Ben Spies kept up a good pace in 5th, but struggled with a trapped nerve injury that eventually causes numbness in his arm, making it unbearable to keep a decent race pace. The steadfast American climbed his way up and crossed the finish line in a respectable 5th place, but dropped from 4th to 6th in standings.

Ducati’s Valentino Rossi had a slow start in 8th position but slowly and methodically made his way to a  6th position, where he remained, but not without having a banter or two with Rizla Suzuki’s Alvaro Bautista and teammate, Nicky Hayden. The happy-go-lucky Italian is now back up to 4th in standings, by cause and effect, thanks to Dani Pedrosa.

Bautista showed good form and determination until he pushed a little too hard in trying to pass Rossi at turn 14 and went down for the count at the 16th lap, a fatal repeat of his experience at Laguna.

Valentino Rossi:

“I’d say we can be pretty pleased, as we took a step forward. I must say that Filippo and Ducati has been intelligent, because just with some small changes, we were able to get a good result, improving in both wet and dry conditions and in both qualifying and the race. Now I’m able to ride the bike better under braking and on corner entry.

Alvaro Bautista:

“I have a strange feeling because I am frustrated that I didn’t finish after crashing, but I am also quite happy because I did all that was possible to stay with the front group. I was riding just a few seconds behind second position and, after starting from the back of the grid. I lost the front and it was strange because I entered the corner like the lap before and felt nothing wrong.”

As Honda’s Casey Stoner prepared for his winning celebration, the three amigos continued to go at it for second and third. Andrea Dovizioso passed Jorge Lorenzo for the last time, leaving Simoncelli a clear shot for third on the podium.

Simoncelli’s teammate, Hiroshi Aoyama was satisfied with his 9th position crossing the finish line. Feeling healthier and continues to rectify grip problems, he is also happy for Marco and his team.

Mapfre Aspar’s Hector Barbera fought hard coming off 13th on the grid and dealt with his front tyre lacking grip for most of the 22 lap race on his satellite Ducati. The cool and composed Spaniard scored a top ten, but hopes for some set up improvements in time for Indianapolis in two weeks time.

LCR Honda’s Toni Elias had a bad start by slipping in the dirty part of the track, making it difficult to reach his goal by catching up to the five riders ahead of him in the first corner. The Spaniard held his pace and had some fun in the sun engaging Hector Barbera for 10th position, but was satisfied to settle for 11th. Toni is happy with his progress in closing the gap between himself and his contenders in the final half of the season.

Pramac’s personable veteran rider, Loris Capirossi and his teammate Randy de Puniet finished a clean race in 12th and 13th and walked away unscathed with a few points to call their own.

Look for another GP round to take place back in United States in two weeks time, Friday, August 26th starting at 10:10am (GMT+4) with the first free practice round.

Brno, Sunday, August 14, 2011

Pos. Points Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time/Gap
1 25 27 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda 164.8 43’16.796
2 20 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda 164.4 +6.532
3 16 58 Marco SIMONCELLI ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 164.3 +7.792
4 13 1 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 164.2 +8.513
5 11 11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 164.1 +10.186
6 10 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 164.0 +12.632
7 9 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 163.3 +23.037
8 8 5 Colin EDWARDS USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 163.3 +24.189
9 7 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 163.2 +25.202
10 6 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Mapfre Aspar Team MotoGP Ducati 162.5 +36.566
11 5 24 Toni ELIAS SPA LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 162.5 +36.679
12 4 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 162.5 +37.109
13 3 65 Loris CAPIROSSI ITA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 161.7 +48.911
Not Classified
    19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 159.3 6 Laps
    17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE CardionABMotoracing Ducati 148.8 10 Laps
    35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 161.8 16 Laps
    26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 161.0 20 Laps

MotoGP World Standing 2011

Pos. Rider Bike Nation Points
1 Casey STONER Honda AUS 218
2 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha SPA 186
3 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Honda ITA 163
4 Valentino ROSSI Ducati ITA 118
5 Dani PEDROSA Honda SPA 110
6 Ben SPIES Yamaha USA 109
7 Nicky HAYDEN Ducati USA 103
8 Marco SIMONCELLI Honda ITA 76
9 Colin EDWARDS Yamaha USA 75
10 Hiroshi AOYAMA Honda JPN 70
11 Hector BARBERA Ducati SPA 62
12 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati CZE 46
13 Toni ELIAS Honda SPA 43
14 Alvaro BAUTISTA Suzuki SPA 39
15 Cal CRUTCHLOW Yamaha GBR 34
16 Loris CAPIROSSI Ducati ITA 29
17 Randy DE PUNIET Ducati FRA 19
18 John HOPKINS Suzuki USA 6
19 Kousuke AKIYOSHI Honda JPN 3

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