Yamaha Factory Racing riders Jorge Lorenzo and Ben Spies made it a double celebration today, taking second and third on the podium for the Grand Prix of Catalunya. World Champion Lorenzo grabbed the hole-shot off the line and team mate Spies shut the door neatly on Valentino Rossi to take third as they dropped into the first corner. The end of lap one saw Casey Stoner take the lead at the end of the straight, Lorenzo tucking in behind him and holding until the line for his fourth podium of the season. A white flag to signal some rain on the track caused some concern with 13 laps to go but was not severe enough to cause any rider to pit in and change to wet tyres.
Spies delivered the same consistent race pace in evidence from the beginning of the weekend, secure in third position from the first corner to the chequered flag. The Texan built a lead of around a second from Andrea Dovizioso for the duration of the race to claim his first podium for the Factory Yamaha Team.
The riders head straight to Silverstone now for a back-to-back race, Lorenzo still leading the championship with a seven point advantage over Casey Stoner. Team mate Spies jumps an impressive five places up the standings to seventh with 36 points, eleven points behind fellow American Nicky Hayden in sixth.
Position: 2nd | Time: +2.403
"I'm really happy with the result, I gave it the maximum! I overtook Casey on the start but I knew he could overtake me. I tried to stay with him and not to lose his back wheel for as long as possible. At the end it started to rain a little and it was tough to keep concentration in the last sector but we managed it. We are still leading the championship so let's see what happens in Silverstone."
Position: 3rd | Time: +4.291
"We just kept pushing and pushing and we were slowly catching up to Jorge, not necessarily to try and catch and pass him but to stay away from Andrea. The bike was great and I felt good on it and just needed a good result. After the first couple of laps I realised we had a shot at a podium so I rode as hard as I could. The tyre was a good choice for us today; we did what we came here to accomplish and that's good enough. Big thanks to the team who worked hard to deliver a great package this weekend, bring on Silverstone!"
Wilco Zeelenberg - Yamaha Factory Racing Team Manager
"Not a very spectacular race but second and third places are of course very important to us. We closed the gap we feel this weekend even if it was difficult circumstances. We said at the beginning it's important to finish every race on the podium. We need to solve some more issues and make some more steps but we are definitely heading in the right direction. I'm very happy for Jorge that he finished on the podium in front of his home crowd and for Ben for bouncing back from a difficult start to the year with his first podium."
Massimo Meregalli - Yamaha Factory Racing Team Director
"This weekend started well from Friday and everyday was better. To get both riders on the podium is a great success for the team. We were not so far from the leaders having worked hard and improved the bike a lot. We are optimistic thinking about the Silverstone race as that was also a good race last year for Yamaha."
Super seventh for Crutchlow, Edwards targets Silverstone return
Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team rider Cal Crutchlow heads to his crucial home race at Silverstone next weekend brimming with confidence after he stormed to a career best MotoGP result in the Gran Premi Aperol de Catalunya today.
Starting from the second row of the grid, the British rider quickly gained momentum on Bridgetone's hard rear tyre and a series of consistently fast laps saw him easily reel in the factory Ducati of 2006 MotoGP World Champion Nicky Hayden. He eventually passed the American on lap ten and was able to comfortably pull away, despite some nervous moments from the halfway stage as spots of rain started to fall on the Montmelo circuit.
Crutchlow was preparing for his first experience of the flag-to-flag format, but the light rain abated and he rode to a brilliant seventh place. The result, which moves Crutchlow into the top ten in the World Championship rankings on 30-points, sets him up perfectly for a strong showing in front of his home crowd at the British Grand Prix next weekend.
Crutchlow will be joined at Silverstone by Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team-mate Colin Edwards, who will attempt to compete in the sixth round of the 2011 MotoGP World Championship.
Edwards returned to the Catalunya track this morning having undergone successful surgery to insert a titanium plate and 13 screws in the right collarbone he broke in a heavy crash during Friday's second free practice session. Edwards has already gained closed to full movement in his right shoulder and in a brave attempt to continue his proud record of never missing a race in his MotoGP career, Edwards planned to start the 25-lap clash and retire after two laps.
But after medical checks prior to the race, medical staff declared him unfit to start, though the 37-year-old is confident he will have no problems riding in Silverstone this weekend after a few days of rest.
Position: 7th | Time: +26.483
That's my best result in MotoGP and of course I'm happy, but I'd rather have got a result like that in a more entertaining race. It was just a test of concentration for most of the race once I'd passed Nicky and it was quite lonely. I caught him really quickly but once I got by I'd used up my rear tyre trying to chase him down because I struggled for grip after that. When the spots of rain came it was quite difficult. The white flags were being waved like there was a monsoon but there was only rain in the last three corners. Part of me was looking forward to having a flag-to-flag race because it might have given me a chance of fighting with the group at the front, but the rain never got worse than a few spots on the visor. I still managed to pull away from Nicky but I finished 26 seconds behind Casey, and that is not too bad considering I'd never seen this place before. If I hadn't backed off a little I'm sure I could have finished about 20 seconds back and that was good enough for the top six last year. Sixth to eighth position is where I'm at the moment but it is a good confidence boost as well to finish as the top non-factory rider. Nobody can ride this package harder than I am at the moment and now I'm looking forward to Silverstone. I'm sure the support is going to be incredible and I'm really looking forward to it."
"I'm a little bit disappointed with the decision not to let me ride because while it's not a lifelong ambition never to miss a MotoGP race, it was a run I was pretty proud of. I understand the decision but my shoulder feels great. Dr Xavier Mir has done an amazing job on my collarbone because it was smashed, but it was never my intention to do the full race. I just wanted to start, do a couple of laps and pull in. I only considered it because I was here in Barcelona and it seemed pointless breaking the streak. But I'm too big and too old to get upset and I'm going to rest up now and concentrate on getting ready for Silverstone. I know I can race next weekend and I'm already looking forward to it. I can't remember the last time I missed a race and I definitely don't like watching on TV, so I'm desperate to get back working with my Monster Yamaha Tech 3 crew."
Monster Yamaha Tech3 Team Manager
"Seventh is a good result for Cal and the best we can hope for. The six in front of him are on all factory machinery and I think even with a better start, it would have been a big ask for him to fight with Simoncelli. But to chase down Nicky on a factory bike, pass him and then pull away quite comfortably, is still a big scalp for Cal. It is easy to forget he is a rookie but seventh is his best result so far and it couldn't have come at a better time with his home race at Silverstone coming next weekend. We are also looking forward to having Colin back in action at Silverstone. I can understand his desire to ride today and at 37 with all he's achieved in his career, his determination and commitment is amazing. But we have to remember he was only operated on yesterday and he respects the decision of the medical staff. He will be stronger at Silverstone and it will be great to see Colin and Cal back on track together doing their best for the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team."
2011 MotoGP Spain
|Catalunya 05/06/2011 || || ||25 Laps |
|race I || || || |
|1 Casey Stoner ||Honda ||AUS ||43'19.779 |
|2 Jorge Lorenzo ||Yamaha ||ESP ||0'02.403 |
|3 Ben Spies ||Yamaha ||USA ||0'04.291 |
|4 Andrea Dovizioso ||Honda ||ITA ||0'05.255 |
|5 Valentino Rossi ||Ducati ||ITA ||0'07.371 |
|6 Marco Simoncelli ||Honda ||ITA ||0'11.831 |
|7 Cal Crutchlow ||Yamaha ||GBR ||0'26.483 |
|8 Nicky Hayden ||Ducati ||USA ||0'33.243 |
|9 Loris Capiross ||Ducati ||ITA ||0'43.092 |
|10 Karel Abraham ||Ducati ||CZE ||0'43.113 |
|11 Hector Barbera ||Ducati ||ESP ||0'44.224 |
|12 Alvaro Bautista ||Suzuki ||ESP ||0'45.239 |
|13 Toni Elias ||Honda ||ESP ||0'58.268 |
MotoGP World Standing
|Rider Standings || ||After Race 5 of 18 |
|1. Jorge Lorenzo ||Yamaha ||ESP ||98 |
|2. Casey Stoner ||Honda ||AUS ||91 |
|3. Andrea Dovizioso ||Honda ||ITA ||63 |
|4. Daniel Pedrosa ||Honda ||ESP ||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 ||ESP ||26 |
|12. Karel Abraham ||Ducati ||CZE ||24 |
|13. Colin Edwards ||Yamaha ||USA ||21 |
|14. Toni Elias ||Honda ||ESP ||20 |
|15. Loris Capirossi ||Ducati ||ITA ||16 |
|16. Alvaro Bautista ||Suzuki ||ESP ||11 |
(Valentino Rossi, 1/1/2005)
Fastest Lap Ever:
(Casey Stoner, 6/8/2008)
Last Years Winner:
|1 Honda ||120 |
|2 Yamaha ||98 |
|3 Ducati ||63 |
|4 Suzuki ||17 |
|1. Repsol Honda Team ||146 |
|2. Yamaha Factory Racing MotoGP Team ||134 |
|3. Ducati Marlboro Team ||105 |
|4. San Carlo Honda Gresini ||68 |
|5. Monster Yamaha Tech3 ||51 |
|6. Mapfre Aspar Team MotoGP ||26 |
|7. Cardion AB Motoracing ||24 |
|8. Pramac Racing Team ||22 |
|9. LCR Honda MotoGP ||20 |
|10. Rizla Suzuki MotoGP ||17 |