Casey Stoner Rides 1000cc Honda 2012 Prototype [Video]

casey_stoner_honda_prototypeCasey Stoner got the chance to ride Honda’s 2012 machine at Jerez yesterday. Dani Pedrosa was also supposed to test, but his recent injury prevented him from taking to the track.

After riding the 2012 Honda prototype, Stoner said:

“Everything has gone very well, very positive. It’s just nice to ride the 1000cc again, to feel the engine and the power. I had a lot of fun.”

Here’s the video of Casey Stoner taking his first laps at Jerez with the new 1000cc Honda MotoGP bike.

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MotoGP Video Recap: Highlights From Estoril

motogp_logoDani Pedrosa took his first victory of the 2011 MotoGP season this weekend at the Portugal GP in Estoril. Pedrosa has finished on the podium at every MotoGP event so far this year, and is now just 4 points behind the season leader, Jorge Lorenzo.

Pedrosa’s two Repsol Honda teammates came across the line next. Casey Stoner claimed the final spot on the podium and Andrea Dovizioso beat out Valentino Rossi for fourth place.

Here’s a video recap of the highlights from Esotirl.

Official Video Podcast – Estoril 2011

And if the racing action isn’t enough for you, here’s a video of the MotoGP paddock girls at Estoril.

Paddock Girls at Estoril

The MotoGP

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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.

MOTOGP

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