Repsol Honda Take Important Win in Catalunya

GRAND PRIX OF CATALUNYA

MotoGP Round 5 : Catalunya circuit, 3-5 June

Date : 05/06/2011
Weather : Dry
Temperature : Air: 20 degrees, Ground: 25 degrees
Humidity : 49%

Repsol Honda take important win in Catalunya

Casey Stoner rode to an important victory today in the Grand Prix of Catalunya in front of 81,638 spectators, with team mate Andrea Dovizioso taking fourth position in a race which local hero Dani Pedrosa sadly missed.

The Australian rider controlled the race with determination after passing Lorenzo at the beginning of the second lap, he worked hard to put a gap between him and his rivals and when light rain began to appear with 12 laps remaining he did not lose his rhythm. The marshals showed white flags to indicate the pilots were able to enter the pit lane to change bikes if required, and although the track became slippery in places, none of the riders took this option. At this time, Casey's advantage over Jorge Lorenzo was already 2.2 seconds with Andrea Dovizioso just seven tenths behind Ben Spies in third position.

Stoner secured his third win of the season, which takes him to 91 points - just 7 points astray from Championship leader Jorge Lorenzo.

Dovizioso finished the Catalunya race nine tenths off the podium and is now fourth in the Championship with 61 points after beating Valentino Rossi.

CASEY STONER - 1st - World Championship position: 2nd with 91 points
"We got a reasonably good start but not as good as Jorge. I wanted to try to pass him early on but had to wait until the end of the first lap. From this point I just tried to put in the consistent laps as we did in the practice sessions to see if he could stay with me, fortunately I was able to open up an advantage without pushing too hard or feeling too much pressure. I was really happy, the bike was feeling fantastic and then it started to rain. There was enough rain there to make you think that it will affect the bike, and in the last corner there was enough rain to make the track slippery. As I was always the first to arrive to the wet area of the track, I watched what the others were doing and if they had started to catch me then I would push and if I start to pull an advantage then I would back off a little. I'm just happy I kept the bike upright at this stage and I want to thank all my team at Repsol Honda for all the hard work this weekend. We now head to Silverstone next week where we'll also be looking to fight for victory, I just hope Dani can make a return there also and I wish him a fast recovery".

ANDREA DOVIZIOSO - 4th - World Championship position: 3rd with 63 points
"After the warm up session in the wet the conditions during the race were tricky, especially when it started to rain with 12 laps to go. I didn't have a perfect start and this complicated the race. In the first laps with a full tank, I didn't have good stability in the front. With the hard tyres the traction was not so good compared to Lorenzo, Spies and Rossi who were riding with soft tyres. Even if we improved compared to Le Mans in terms of lap times, I'm not happy finishing 4th position, five seconds behind the winner. Today we were fast and I think that with a good start we could have at least fought for the podium. I'm sorry for my team as they worked hard during the whole weekend. Now I look forward to next weekend's race in Silverstone, a circuit that I like and where I hope to get a good result".

Race Result - Round 5

1 Casey Stoner 43'19.779 AUS HONDA Repsol Honda Team
2 Jorge Lorenzo + 2.403 SPA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
3 Ben Spies + 4.291 USA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
4 Andrea Dovizioso + 5.255 ITA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
5 Valentino Rossi + 7.371 ITA DUCATI Ducati Marlboro Team
6 Marco Simoncelli + 11.831 ITA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
7 Cal Crutchlow + 26.483 GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
8 Nicky Hayden + 33.243 USA DUCATI Ducati Marlboro Team
9 Loris Capirossi + 43.092 ITA DUCATI Pramac Racing
10 Karel Abraham + 43.113 CZE DUCATI Cardion AB Motoracing
11 Hector Barbera + 44.224 SPA DUCATI Paginas Amarillas Aspar
12 Alvaro Bautista + 45.239 SPA SUZUKI Rizla Suzuki MotoGP
13 Toni Elias + 58.268 SPA HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
14 Randy De Puniet DNF FRA DUCATI Pramac Racing
15 Hiroshi Aoyama DNF JPN HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini

Championship standings

1 Jorge Lorenzo 98 pts SPA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
2 Casey Stoner 91 pts AUS HONDA Repsol Honda Team
3 Andrea Dovizioso 63 pts ITA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
4 Dani Pedrosa 61 pts SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
5 Valentino Rossi 58 pts ITA DUCATI Ducati Marlboro Team
6 Nicky Hayden 47 pts USA DUCATI Ducati Marlboro Team
7 Hiroshi Aoyama 36 pts JPN HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
8 Ben Spies 36 pts USA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
9 Marco Simoncelli 32 pts ITA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
10 Cal Crutchlow 30 pts GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
11 Hector Barbera 26 pts SPA DUCATI Paginas Amarillas Aspar
12 Karel Abraham 24 pts CZE DUCATI Cardion AB Motoracing
13 Colin Edwards 21 pts USA YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
14 Toni Elias 20 pts SPA HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
15 Loris Capirossi 16 pts ITA DUCATI Pramac Racing
16 Alvaro Bautista 11 pts SPA SUZUKI Rizla Suzuki MotoGP
17 John Hopkins 6 pts USA SUZUKI Rizla Suzuki MotoGP
18 Randy De Puniet 6 pts FRA DUCATI Pramac Racing

Circuit information

First race 1992 (Modified 1995)
GPs held 19
Laps 25
Race distance 118.175km / 73.425miles
Track length 4.727km / 2.937miles
Track width 12m
Longest straight 1.047km / 0.651miles
Corners 13 (8 right, 5 left)
Pole position Left
Circuits de Catalunya S.L.
Mas "La Moreneta"
P.O. Box 27
08160 Montmelo

Barcelona
Spain

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Circuit records

Pole position 1m41.186s (168.177Km/h) Casey Stoner (Ducati, 2008)
Race lap 1m42.358s (166.251Km/h) Dani Pedrosa (Honda, 2008)
Race time 43m02.175s (164.756km/h) Dani Pedrosa (Honda, 2008)
MotoGP Wins 6 (Valentino Rossi 2001-02, 2004-06-09)
2010 Winner Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha)

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