Repsol Honda Team to receive new engine and chassis for Laguna Seca

The Repsol Honda Team crosses the Atlantic Ocean this week and heads to California to participate in the first race of the season in America. The Red Bull US Grand Prix in Laguna Seca will be the tenth round of the 2012 MotoGP World Championship, the fourth race in five weeks and the last race for the teams and riders before the summer break.

HRC have been very productive since Mugello and have prepared the new parts that both Dani and Casey tested on the Monday test. In Laguna, Dani Pedrosa will have a new engine and chassis as he requested, and Casey will have the new engine in the standard chassis which he feels more comfortable with.

Laguna Seca is a very particular track, the shortest of the Championship, quite bumpy, technical and physically very demanding, not only due to the high temperatures that can easily reach up to 30 degrees but also because of the tiresome 32 lap race.

Dani Pedrosa and Casey Stoner, second and third respectively after the first half of the Championship, have both won in Laguna Seca in the past. Casey has taken the top step of the podium twice (in 2007 and 2011, the two seasons in which he was MotoGP World Champion) and Dani won in 2009 and crashed the year after while leading the race. Two more podium finishes for each (Casey in 2008 and 2010) and Dani (in 2006 and 2011) make both Honda factory riders confident to fight at front of the field in California.

**DANI PEDROSA**** ** **World Championship Position: 2nd with 166 points**** **

"I'm really looking forward to racing in Laguna Seca. The atmosphere there is fantastic and it's a very particular track, nothing like what we are used to in Europe. Laguna is very small, bumpy and technical. Last year it was a very hard race for me due to the lack of fitness, so I hope to enjoy riding there again as we did in the past. Honda has made a big effort to bring the new parts to Laguna so we'll have our standard bike but we'll also get the new engine and chassis we tested in Mugello and I hope we can take advantage of these improvements and have another good race".

**CASEY STONER**** ** **World Championship Position: 3rd with 148 points**** **

"I always look forward to going to Laguna, it's a circuit we've enjoyed quite good results at and the atmosphere there is fantastic. The circuit is a very tight and technical and it's definitely a positive that it goes around to the left, as we have less chatter on the left hand side. However, some of the most critical corners are right handers so it depends how we can get the bike set up before I can say if we'll be competitive. We've had a nice short break since Mugello and we're looking to improve on our results from the last two races. HRC have worked hard in Japan to provide us with the new engine and some parts from the test, hopefully we can have three dry sessions to get some work done and be competitive for Sunday, but we'll have to wait until we get on track".

|  Rider Statistics - Dani Pedrosa  

| Age| 26|
| Racing number| 26|
| Race machine| Honda RC213V|
| Date of birth| September 29, 1985|
| Birthplace| Sabadell - Spain|
| Height| 1.60m|
| Weight| 51kg|
| Hobbies| Cycling, Music|
| Grand Prix debut| 2001, 125cc Japanese Grand Prix, Suzuka|
| First GP win| 2002, 125cc Dutch Grand Prix, Assen|
| GP wins| 39: 8 x 125cc, 15 x 250cc, 16 x MotoGP|
| GP podiums| 105: 17 x 125cc, 24 x 250cc, 64 x MotoGP|
| GP pole positions| 39: 9 x 125cc, 9 x 250cc, 21 x MotoGP|
| World Championships| 3: 1 x 125cc (2003); 2 x 250cc (2004, 2005)|
| Previous results at Laguna Seca| 2011 3rd (MotoGP), 2010 DNF (MotoGP), 2009 1st (MotoGP), 2008 DNS (MotoGP), 2007 5th (MotoGP), 2006 2nd (MotoGP)|

|  Rider Statistics - Casey Stoner  

| Age| 26|
| Racing number| 1|
| Race machine| Honda RC213V|
| Date of birth| October 16th, 1985|
| Birthplace| Southport, Australia|
| Height| 171cm|
| Weight| 58Kg|
| Hobbies| Fishing|
| Grand Prix debut| 2001, 125cc British Grand Prix, Donington Park|
| First GP win| 2003, 125cc Valencia Grand Prix, Valencia|
| GP wins| 43: 2 x 125cc, 5 x 250cc, 36 x MotoGP|
| GP podiums| 85: 10 x 125cc, 10 x 250cc, 65 x MotoGP|
| GP pole positions| 42: 2 x 125cc, 2 x 250cc, 38 x MotoGP|
| World Championships| 2: MotoGP (2011, 2007)|
| Previous results at Laguna Seca| 2011 1st (MotoGP), 2010 2nd (MotoGP), 2009 4th (MotoGP), 2008 2nd (MotoGP), 2007 1st (MotoGP), 2006 DNF (MotoGP)|

|  Championship standings  

| 1| Jorge Lorenzo| 185 pts| SPA| YAMAHA| Yamaha Factory Racing Team|
| 2| Dani Pedrosa| 166 pts| SPA| HONDA| Repsol Honda Team|
| 3| Casey Stoner| 148 pts| AUS| HONDA| Repsol Honda Team|
| 4| Andrea Dovizioso| 108 pts| ITA| YAMAHA| Monster Yamaha Tech 3|
| 5| Cal Crutchlow| 95 pts| GBR| YAMAHA| Monster Yamaha Tech 3|
| 6| Valentino Rossi| 82 pts| ITA| DUCATI| Ducati Team|
| 7| Stefan Bradl| 75 pts| GER| HONDA| LCR Honda MotoGP|
| 8| Nicky Hayden| 74 pts| USA| DUCATI| Ducati Team|
| 9| Alvaro Bautista| 73 pts| SPA| HONDA| San Carlo Honda Gresini|
| 10| Ben Spies| 66 pts| USA| YAMAHA| Yamaha Factory Racing Team|
| 11| Hector Barbera| 60 pts| SPA| DUCATI| Pramac Racing|
| 12| Randy De Puniet| 28 pts| FRA| ART| Aspar Team MotoGP|
| 13| Aleix Espargaro| 26 pts| ESP| ART| Aspar Team MotoGP|
| 14| Michelle Pirro| 16 pts| ITA| HONDA| San Carlo Honda Gresini|
| 15| Mattia Pasini| 13 pts| ITA| ART| Speed Master|
| 16| James Ellison| 12 pts| GBR| ART| Paul Bird Racing|
| 17| Danilo Petrucci| 9 pts| ITA| IODA| Ioda Racing Project|
| 18| Colin Edwards| 8 pts| USA| SUTER| NGM Mobile Forward Racing|
| 19| Yonny Hernandez| 6 pts| COL| BQR-FTR| BQR|
| 20| Ivan Silva| 5 pts| SPA| BQR-FTR| BQR|
| 21| Karel Abraham| 4 pts| CZE| DUCATI| Cardion AB Motoracing|
| 22| Franco Battaini| 0 pts| ITA| DUCATI| Ducati Team|
| 23| Chris Vermeulen| 0 pts| AUS| SUTER| NGM Mobile Forward Racing|

|  Circuit information  

| First race| 1988 (Modified 1996)|
| GPs held| 13|
| Laps| 32|
| Race distance| 115.520km / 71.776miles|
| Track length| 3.610km / 2.243miles|
| Track width| 15m|
| Longest straight| 0.966km / 0.6miles|
| Corners| 11 (4 right, 7 left)|
| Pole position| Right|

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|  Circuit records  

| Pole position| 1m20.700s (161.040Km/h) Casey Stoner (Ducati, 2008)|
| Race lap| 1m21.376s (159.703Km/h) Casey Stoner (Ducati, 2010)|
| Race time| 43m52.145s (157.997Km/h) Casey Stoner Honda, 2011)|
| Premier Class Wins| 3 (Wayne Rainey 1989, 1990-01)|
| 2010 Winner| Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha)|
| 2011 Winner| Casey Stoner (Honda)|