Double podium finish for Stoner and Dovizioso in Assen, Aoyama in eighth

TT Assen

MotoGP Round 7 : Assen circuit, 23-25 June

Date : 25/06/2011
Weather : Dry
Temperature : Air: 14 degrees, Ground: 16 degrees
Humidity : 82%

Today the Repsol Honda team sealed another double podium, the fifth of the season in seven races and as ever, the weather at the Dutch TT complicated matters with very changeable conditions.

Casey Stoner and Andrea Dovizioso finished second and third respectively, after both falling yesterday in free practice. Casey, battered and bruised from yesterday's accident, never felt totally comfortable with his set up all weekend, and was very relieved to score some important Championship points. Andrea also still a little sore, experienced a tyre issue in the race which affected his ability to stay with Casey, who eventually built up a gap between the two riders.

Hiroshi Aoyama, despite having a sharp pain in the back after also falling in yesterdays ninety minute practice session, finished in a creditable eighth position in his first experience on the Honda RC212V factory machine.

Stoner, with six podium finishes in seven races, extended his lead in the MotoGP World Championship to 28 points ahead of Jorge Lorenzo, whilst Dovizioso, confirmed his third position in the Championship Standings.

After missing the past three Grands Prix, Dani Pedrosa will rejoin his team mates and make a welcomed return to the Repsol Honda Team in Mugello next week.

CASEY STONER - 2nd - World Championship Position: 1st with 136 points
"Today we would have liked to challenge for the win but the way this weekend has gone for us I'm really very happy for a podium finish and to take some valuable points. Yesterday we weren't happy with the bike the set up, so today we made some changes and tried to get some more feeling, but unfortunately in the warm up we didn't get a proper chance to try it, which meant we started the race with a set up we didn't really know. After the crash yesterday I'm a little bit sore, in the middle part of the race I started to have some problems in the left hand corners with the shoulder but in general we knew we didn't really have the pace to stay with Ben. I tried everything possible to catch him, but he was able to retain the advantage and start to pull some more, so my congratulations to Ben, he rode a great race, but for us it was just important to get points today".

ANDREA DOVIZIOSO - 3rd - World Championship Position: 3rd with 99 points
"I'm really happy with todays' podium. It's a good result for the Championship and also it has come after a complicated race weekend. The track conditions were tough. When we were on the grid, the weather was still unpredictable and the track was not completely dry, so we went for a safe tyre selection, choosing the soft front tyre. This choice influenced my race because when I tried to stay with Casey, I was losing the front and I couldn't push harder. This is my only disappointment today. Then after 15 laps, a strange vibration on the rear began. It was very annoying and I couldn't understand what it was. As I had a good margin from Valentino, I rode more carefully to secure the third position. After the race we saw that the front tyre had some issues, which Bridgestone will analyse. Anyway, this second podium in a row and the third so far, shows that in the important moment we are there. Moreover, with today's result we have reduced the gap from Jorge and consolidated third position in the Championship. I look forward to Mugello next week, the track is fantastic and the spectators are amazing".

HIROSHI AOYAMA - 8th - World Championship Position: 8th with 51 points
"First of all I'd like to thank the whole Repsol Honda Team and HRC, and I'm sorry for the accident yesterday! It was quite a tough weekend due to the conditions and situation, not ideal to go racing in but we couldn't do anything about this. We tried our best during this short space of time and I'm happy I enjoyed the race even if in a lot of pain after yesterday's crash. In the race it was quite tough, but from mid-race I was able to improve lap by lap and achieve good consistency. The team did a very good job so thanks again to them as I have had a very nice and special experience riding Dani's bike. This experience has taught me things and made me a better rider, I hope one day I can return to this team. Dani will return next race and I am sure he will be happy to be back on his bike!".

Race Result - Round 7

1 Ben Spies 41'44.659 USA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
2 Casey Stoner + 7.697 AUS HONDA Repsol Honda Team
3 Andrea Dovizioso + 27.506 ITA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
4 Valentino Rossi + 30.684 ITA DUCATI Ducati Marlboro Team
5 Nicky Hayden + 43.172 USA DUCATI Ducati Marlboro Team
6 Jorge Lorenzo + 44.536 SPA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
7 Colin Edwards + 1'08.112 USA YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
8 Hiroshi Aoyama + 1'10.753 JPN HONDA Repsol Honda Team
9 Marco Simoncelli + 1'24.925 ITA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
10 Toni Elias + 1'26.216 SPA HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
11 Alvaro Bautista + 1'38.466 SPA SUZUKI Rizla Suzuki MotoGP
12 Hector Barbera + 1 lap SPA DUCATI Paginas Amarillas Aspar
13 Kousuke Akiyoshi + 1 lap JPN HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
14 Cal Crutchlow + 2 laps GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3

Championship standings

1 Casey Stoner 136 pts AUS HONDA Repsol Honda Team
2 Jorge Lorenzo 108 pts SPA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
3 Andrea Dovizioso 99 pts ITA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
4 Valentino Rossi 81 pts ITA DUCATI Ducati Marlboro Team
5 Nicky Hayden 71 pts USA DUCATI Ducati Marlboro Team
6 Ben Spies 61 pts USA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
7 Dani Pedrosa 61 pts SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
8 Hiroshi Aoyama 51 pts JPN HONDA Repsol Honda Team
9 Colin Edwards 46 pts USA YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
10 Marco Simoncelli 39 pts ITA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
11 Hector Barbera 35 pts SPA DUCATI Paginas Amarillas Aspar
12 Toni Elias 34 pts SPA HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
13 Karel Abraham 33 pts CZE DUCATI Cardion AB Motoracing
14 Cal Crutchlow 32 pts GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
15 Alvaro Bautista 27 pts SPA SUZUKI Rizla Suzuki MotoGP
16 Loris Capirossi 22 pts ITA DUCATI Pramac Racing
17 Randy De Puniet 10 pts FRA DUCATI Pramac Racing
18 John Hopkins 6 pts USA SUZUKI Rizla Suzuki MotoGP
19 Kousuke Akiyoshi 3 pts JPN HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini

Circuit information

First race 1949 (Modified 2010)
GPs held 62
Laps 26
Race distance 118.430km / 73.580miles
Track length 4.542km / 2.823 miles
Track width 10-14m
Longest straight 0.560km / 0.348miles
Corners 17 (11 right, 6 left)
Pole position Left

TT Circuit Assen

T: +31 592 321 321

Circuit records

Pole position 1m34.515s (173.001Km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2010)
Race lap 1m34.525s (172.982Km/h) Dani Pedrosa (Honda, 2010)
2010 Race time 41'18.629 Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha)
MotoGP Wins 6 (Giacomo Agostini 1968-72, 1974)
2010 Winner Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha)