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An emotional prelude into Misano

Misano MotoGP pre race review:

This Friday fast forwards the 13th round to be hosted by GP Aperol deSan Marino a della Riviera di Rimini in picturesque Italy. The unusual “T” shaped fast, technical 2.6 mile circuit with its 6 left and 10 right turns holds 60,000 fans and was designed in 1969, but constructed in 1972. A popular hangout in the 80’s and 90’s, it wasn’t until 2007 when the MotoGP returned to the Italian track after several modifications were made. Extending the length, widening the width, reversing the direction and implementing new and improved safety features. This was largely inspired by a career ending accident with American 500cc World Champion, Wayne Rainy on September 5, 1993.

Ironically, in 2010, Japanese Moto2 rider, Shoya Tomizawa died on the very same day and at the very same track after losing control of his bike, striking two other riders.

Wayne Rainy will be returning to Misano this week for the very first time since his tragic accident that left him paralyzed from the waist down. In his honour Yamaha will be hosting a special event in the paddock for the famous rider this Friday 6:30 to 8:30pm.

The Repsol Honda Team holds fond memories with Misano. The current “top dog” and leader of the pack with a 44 point lead, Casey Stoner, achieved his seventh win for 2011 at Indianapolis and brought home the trophy for Ducati in 2007 at Misano. Indianapolis marks the 30th premiere class win for the untouchable Aussie. Teammates Dani Pedrosa and Andrea Dovizioso, currently in 2nd and 5th, have also had good results dominating pole positions at Misano and Dani landing on the podium the last two years in a row and set a new speed record in 2010 accelerating his bike close to 175mph.

Casey Stoner:
“I’m looking forward to going to San Marino and seeing how competitive we can be. In 2007 and 2008 we were fast there, then I missed 2009 and last year we struggled a little so we’ve had a mixed bag of results. It’s a nice track, I like the two corners off the end of the back straight, they’re a lot of fun and very fast.

Dani Pedrosa:
“After the good race we had at Indy, we arrive at Misano in a very positive mood. The circuit is so different compared to Indy, but last year we had a very good race there and we will try to repeat this. We must be a little stronger on Saturday and prepare for the race the best we can. Misano is a track where you need good acceleration and hard braking, so this will be our priority to start working on with the bike setting.

Andrea Dovizioso:
We will continue fighting and we will give our best every race weekend, because we believe that second position in the World Championship is not impossible. Last year in Misano I finished fourth behind Valentino. This year we want to take the next step and get the podium spot. I’m sure that with the experience gained this year, we can be strong at Misano. I don’t live far from Misano and after the podium finish in Mugello I would love to have another good result in front of the Italian crowd.”

Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo now down by 44 point to leader Casey Stoner, has his work cut out for him this round, as the GP season will soon be coming to a climax in who will hold the title of World Champion. The steadfast Mallorcan faces a repeat from last year at Misano in his battle with Dani Pedrosa and Casey Stoner. The three riders are tied for 12th for most wins across all classes. Let’s hope he can be successful this time around at the Italian circuit.

Jorge Lorenzo:

I hope to leave this race behind us. We go straight to Misano now, a track I like and where I have won and got some podiums. My team and I will try to come back to the top and continue to fight for the podium!”

Teammate, Ben Spies, needs to improve his plan of attack when launching off the start line in regards to last weekend, but lets face it, it don’t mean a thing if you ain’t go that thang, and Ben, in the end, has it all going on!

Ben Spies:

“It’s pretty tiring heading back to back across the Atlantic, but I have always enjoyed racing Misano. I had a really good fortune racing there in my World Superbike year and enjoyed some great battles last year in my first year in a MotoGP race. We are taking the confidence of the podium finish with us from Indianapolis. So, I’m looking forward to setting up for Friday and tackling the track on a Factory bike for the first time.”

San Carlos Honda Grisini’s Marco Simoncelli will be performing for his home town crowd after his transatlantic trip back from the US of A. Even though the husky haired Italian lives within a few kilometers from the Adriatic track, he amazingly has stated it’s not one of his favorites.

Marco Simoncelli:
“Indianapolis was a tough weekend. I was excited after warm-up but it turned out that the improved performance of the tyre was down to the lower temperatures in warm-up. I hope I can ride like I did for those five laps throughout the entire race. Misano has not been that good to me in the past but there is a first time for everything. It is not one of my favourite circuits but the motivation is there and I will give it my all. I live just a few kilometres away and the atmosphere will help me.”

Seven-time World Champion, Valentino Rossi is warning his home based fans not to get their hopes up this weekend in his dwindling performance with Ducati this season. Rossi admitted he would like to be visiting his local track for the first time representing Ducati under better circumstances. Most recently at Indy with a qualifying crash and gearbox issues that sent the usually upbeat Italian, back to a debilitating 10th place.

Valentino Rossi:

“We’ll be racing in front of our home fans at Misano, and obviously we’d like to do better than we have at recent races. Indianapolis was very difficult, and we would have preferred to arrive here in better shape, but we’re aware that much of our work is aimed toward the future.
“For the moment, we must take into account the possibility that our results won’t be satisfying, first for us but also for our fans. We’re all working at our maximum, both at the track and in the company, and in the meantime, we’ll try to do as well as the current situation allows.”

Ducati still remains undecided about racing in Japan’s Motegi this October. They worry about possible elevated radiation levels being exposed to their riders from Fukushima Nuclear Plant as a result from the destructive earthquake, this last March. Ducati promise to make an announcement at Misano this weekend on their decision to go or not.

Nicky Hayden, holding in 7th position in standings, right behind his teammate, Valentino Rossi, has been sporting a “Just Married” sign on the back of his Arai helmet. But, not to worry girls, the Southern hunk is advertising his sisters recent nuptials and not his own…just yet! The American premier rider also has mentioned his concerns with the Ducati and its rigid frame. Commenting that the problem is the fact that the engine is integrated into the chassis, making it almost impossible to alter. Ductai promises for a more conventional chassis set up for 2012. If this happens, things could get very interesting for the Ducati duo.

Nicky Hayden:
“Indy was a bad race, but some how, some way, you’ve got to try to get over it and move on. Misano has been a tough track for me, because it seems like I can’t ever get through the first corner. It would be nice to catch a bit of a break, because I don’t feel like we’re always getting the results we deserve.

Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Colin Edwards had a brilliant seventh place finish at Indianapolis last weekend, pushing the American up to eighth in standings. Not bad for a veteran non Factory rider! The eternally optimistic Texan comes to Italy with a feeling of coming home after living there for a brief period of time with his family back in 2004.

The veteran rider finally admitted that he will be leaving the Yamaha team as a GP rider at the end of the 2011 season, but is working to negotiate to stay within the French-based company in another capacity. It isn’t quite clear what that might be, but speculations have hinted towards designing and building chassis’s for the Moto2 squads. There will be a formal announcement tomorrow night at Misano. It has also been rumoured that Yamaha’s WSBK rookie, Eugene Laverty might be filling the Texas Tornado’s boots. And now the plot thickens…

Colin Edwards:
“Misano was the first track I ever went to with the Yamaha World Superbike Team way back in 1995, so the circuit has always been a very special place to me with a lot of fond memories. It was obvious in Indianapolis th at we lack a bit of engine performance, but I still beat a lot of guys on factory equipment, so that proves what a good job we are doing. The goal this weekend will be the same as always and that’s to qualify on the second row and finish in the top six. We nearly managed both in Indy, so I’m determined to make sure it will be mission accomplished in Misano. I won’t be riding at Tech 3 next year that’s for sure. I’ve kind of known I wasn’t going to be here for a while. I got big ties with Yamaha throughout my career so we are trying to put something together. The pieces of the puzzle are sitting there but we’ve to sort it all out,”

Teammate, Cal Crutchlow made up for some of his bad luck this past season at Indy last Sunday by staying in the game and coming in at eleventh. The British rider has a successful past record at Misano in the Supersport division, winning in 2009 and just seconds off winning the podium in 2010.

Cal Crutchlow:
“After the positive result in Indianapolis I’m really looking forward to Misano now. The first objective in Indianapolis was to finish the race and learn more about the bike, and we accomplished that. That’s given my confidence a lift and it wasn’t only good for my morale but it was also good for the morale of the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team, who have supported me fantastically.

Pramac’s 38 year-old Loris Capirossi announced in a tearful press conference on Thursday that he will be retiring for good at the end of the 2011 season. Misano will be his 325th start and Valencia will complete the affable Italian’s longest career in GP history. He will be greatly missed by his fans, as well as in the paddock. I know this fan will.

Dorna’s rule of a 5 to 6 engine limit per season could be a potential problem for some of the GP riders as the season nears the end. The Factory Ducati boys could be at the top of the list with Nicky Hayden on his last and final Desmosedici engine for the year. Teammate Valentino Rossi is close behind Hayden using his 5th GP11 engine in the last 3 consecutive races. LCR Honda’s Toni Elias and Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Cal Crutchlow has also completed a third round on their 5th engines. Talk about cutting it close!

On race day, it will be exactly 28-years (1983) since American-born Freddie Spencer became the youngest MotoGP premier class champion.

Be sure to tune in and join the rest of the GP gang this Friday, September 2, commencing at 10:10am (GMT+2) with the first free practice round.

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MotoGP World Standing 2011

Pos. Rider Bike Nation Points
1 Casey STONER Honda AUS 243
2 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha SPA 199
3 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Honda ITA 174
4 Dani PEDROSA Honda SPA 130
5 Ben SPIES Yamaha USA 125
6 Valentino ROSSI Ducati ITA 124
7 Nicky HAYDEN Ducati USA 105
8 Colin EDWARDS Yamaha USA 84
9 Marco SIMONCELLI Honda ITA 80
10 Hiroshi AOYAMA Honda JPN 77
11 Hector BARBERA Ducati SPA 62
12 Alvaro BAUTISTA Suzuki SPA 49
13 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati CZE 46
14 Toni ELIAS Honda SPA 46
15 Cal CRUTCHLOW Yamaha GBR 39
16 Loris CAPIROSSI Ducati ITA 29
17 Randy DE PUNIET Ducati FRA 27
18 John HOPKINS Suzuki USA 6
19 Kousuke AKIYOSHI Honda JPN 3
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September 1, 2011 - Posted by | Alvaro Bautista, Andrea Dovizioso, Ben Spies, Casey Stoner, Colin Edwards, Dani Pedrosa, Ducati, girlracer, Indianapolis MotoGP, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Jorge Lorenzo, Loris Capirossi, marco simoncelli, Misano Italy, MotoGP, motorcycle racing, Nicky Hayden, Uncategorized, Valentino Rossi

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