MotoGP Heads to Jerez [Teaser Video]

MotoGP_Jerez_TeaserThis weekend, the MotoGP riders will head to Jerez for the second round of the 2011 MotoGP season. The Spanish GP is the first European stop for the MotoGP this year, and it is sure to be home to some fantastic racing.

More than 120,000 people are expected to head to Jerez de la Frontera to watch Casey Stoner, Dani Pedrosa, and Jorge Lorenzo battle for the second victory of the season. Stoner’s victory in Qatar makes him the man to beat this weekend, but there could be a few surprises.

Valentino Rossi hasn’t been able to keep up with the pace of the leaders, but he’s had a few weeks since Qatar to rest his shoulder. Rossi will also have some added confidence at Jerez, as he is the most successful rider at the Spanish circuit, with 6 premier class wins.

Stoner’s teammate Dani Pedrosa could also challenge for the race win. Pedrosa was bothered by a shoulder injury in Qatar, but if his body holds out this weekend, he could be looking at a race victory.

And of course, 2010 champion Jorge Lorenzo is sure to be in the mix. Lorenzo was the only non-Honda rider to finish in the top five at Qatar.

Here’s a teaser video from the MotoGP about the upcoming race in Jerez.


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Casey Stoner Wins MotoGP in Qatar

Casey_Stoner_Wins_Qatar_2011Did you expect anyone else to win? Casey Stoner was absolutely dominant in Qatar during the opening round of the 2011 MotoGP season. Stoner led all the free practice sessions, secured the pole position, and has just won the first race of 2011.

Stoner beat out Jorge Lorenzo by more than three seconds to claim the first victory of the 2011 MotoGP season. Stoner’s teammate, Dani Pedrosa, took the final spot on the podium.

The third Repsol Honda rider, Andrea Dovizioso, took fourth place ahead of Marco Simoncelli. Simoncelli’s fifth place finish for the San Carlo Honda Gresini team, put four Honda RC212V machines in the top five.

Behind the onslaught of Honda riders came the other Factory Yamaha racer, Ben Spies in sixth.

Valentino Rossi, who was worried about his shoulder going into today’s race, finish well in 7th place behind Spies, albeit 16 seconds behind the race winner.

Colin Edwards, Nicky Hayden, and Hiroshi Aoyama completed the top 10.

MotoGP Race Results – Qatar

  1. Casey Stoner – Repsol Honda
  2. Jorge Lorenzo – Factory Yamaha – +3.4 seconds
  3. Dani Pedrosa – Repsol Honda – +5.05 serconds
  4. Andrea Dovizioso – Repsol Honda – +5.94 seconds
  5. Marco Simoncelli – San Carlo Honda Gresini – +7.35 seconds
  6. Ben Spies – Factory Yamaha – +10.46 seconds
  7. Valentino Rossi – Ducati Team – +16.43 seconds
  8. Colin Edwards – Monster Yamaha Tech 3 – +26.29 seconds
  9. Nicky Hayden – Ducati Team – +27.416 seconds
  10. Hiroshi Aoyama – San Carolo Honda Gresini – +28.9 seconds

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Stoner Captures Opening Pole in Qatar

casey_stoner_qatar_2011Unsurprisingly, Casey Stoner captured the first pole position of the 2011 MotoGP season today in Qatar, Stoner led all three free practice sessions, and today he was fastest during qualifying, capturing his 27th pole position of his career.

Dani Pedrosa was the only rider who gave Stoner a run for his money, but was still only able to finish .25 seconds back behind his teammate.

Jorge Lorenzo will take the final spot on the front row, but he’ll have a lot of work to do tomorrow if he wants to challenge Stoner for the first win of the 2011 season. The 2010 champion finished .8 seconds behind an amazingly fast Stoner.

Marco Simoncelli put in a few good laps to claim fourth place during the qualifying session. Simoncelli will lead row two, which consists of the other factory Yamaha rider, Ben Spies, and the fastest Ducati on the track, Hector Barbera.

Cal Crutchlow, Colin Edwards, and Andrea Dovizioso were all able to cross the line before Valentino Rossi, who finished more than a second off of Stoner’s pace.

Tomorrow’s race will feature 16 riders, as Alvaro Bautista will not be racing with the Rizla Suzuki team due to an injury.

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Stoner, Pedrosa, Spies on Top in FP2

casey_stoner_qatar_fp2_2011Another free practice session, another fantastic outing by the boys at Repsol Honda. Casey Stoner led the second free practice session for the MotoGP riders in Qatar, and was followed by his teammate Dani Pedrosa. Stoner and Pedrosa scored a 1-2 finish during the first free practice session yesterday as well at the Losail International Circuit.

As of right now, Stoner is riding at another level than the rest of the MotoGP riders. For the second day in a row he topped the time sheets, but not only that, he leads most of the field by at least a half second. Pedrosa is the only rider to finish within .5 seconds of the pace setter.

The Fiat Yamaha Team saw some good improvement today as Ben Spies moved up the rankings to claim third place behind Pedrosa.

In fourth came the final Repsol Honda rider, Andrea Dovizioso, before Jorge Lorenzo crossed the line in fifth, .715 seconds behind adrift of Stoner’s pace. Colin Edwards and Marco Simoncelli were the final two riders to finish within a second of Stoner.

Monster Yamaha Tech 3 racer Cal Crutchlow took 8th place before the Ducati duo of Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden crossed the line to finish the top 10.

The MotoGP riders will have one more free practice session today to fine tune their bikes. The first qualifying session of the 2011 MotoGP season will take place tomorrow, before the first race kicks off under the lights on Sunday.

MotoGP – Qatar – Free Practice 2 Results

1 Casey Stoner AUS Repsol Honda
2 Dani Pedrosa SPA Repsol Honda
3 Ben Spies USA Yamaha Factory
4 Andrea Dovizioso ITA Repsol Honda
5 Jorge Lorenzo SPA Yamaha Factory
6 Colin Edwards USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
7 Marco Simoncelli ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini
8 Cal Crutchlow GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3
9 Valentino Rossi ITA Ducati Team
10 Nicky Hayden ITA Ducati Team

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Casey Stoner Sets the Pace in Qatar

casey_stoner_qatar_2011The first round of the 2011 MotoGP season has begun. The MotoGP riders took to the Losail International Circuit today for their first competitive session in months, and there was no surprise at the top. The Repsol Honda duo of Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa continued the stellar performance they displayed during the preseason, to set the two quickest laps at the Qatar track.

Stoner set the quickest lap with a 1’55.752 time. Stoner was the only rider to finish under the 1’56 mark. His closest competitor, teammate Pedrosa, finished more than a half second behind.

Surprisingly, the third place rider came in on a Ducati, and even more surprising, it wasn’t Valentino Rossi. Hector Barbera claimed the third quickest time of the day behind Stoner and Pedrosa.

Rossi, who has struggled through the preseason with an injured shoulder, put in an encouraging effort today, finishing in fifth behind Marco Simoncelli.

Rossi was followed by the Fiat Yamaha duo of Ben Spies and Jorge Lorenzo.

Andrea Dovizioso was the final rider to finish within a second of the pace setter.

Casey Stoner Repsol Honda 1’55.752
Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda 1’56.362
Hector Barbera Mapfre Aspar Team 1’56.421
Marco Simoncelli San Carlo Honda Gresini 1’56.441
Valentino Rossi Ducati Team 1’56.479
Ben Spies Yamaha Factory Racing 1’56.586
Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Factory Racing 1’56.586
Andrea Dovizioso Repsol honda 1’56.592
Randy De Puniet Pramac Racing Team 1’56.790
Colin Edwards Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1’56.879

The MotoGP riders will have two free practice sessions tomorrow, before the qualifying round on Saturday.

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