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Catalunya 2012 Grand Prix of Catalunya - Catalunya - Preview - 29/05/2012

Date : 29/05/2012

The Repsol Honda Team heads to Catalunya

The 2012 MotoGP World Championship stops in Barcelona this weekend for the fifth round on the calendar.

Catalunya circuit is a place full of fond memories for both Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa. Casey recorded the best ever lap at this track (pole position in 2008 with 1'41.186) and Dani has the circuit record (1'42.358, the fastest lap in 2008 on his way to victory).

I the last five years, Casey has never missed the podium at Catalunya. The Australian champion, currently second in the championship eight points behind Lorenzo, will fight to close this gap in Montmeló, where last year he took a solid victory.

Dani knows how it feels to be on top at his home Grand Prix; he has won here in all classes and after missing the race last year due to injury, he is more motivated than ever. Dani wants to enjoy the race in front of his fans and reduce the gap in the championship standings as much as possible. He is third with 65 points, 25 behind the leader.

It will be a long weekend for the Repsol Honda Team, with a one day test scheduled on Monday from 10am to 6pm.

CASEY STONER
 
CASEY STONER –World Championship Position: 2nd with 82 points
 
"Catalunya is one of my favourite races and it was the first major grand prix circuit I tested on. Ever since that moment I fell in love with the track, the big fast sweeping corners there's a lot of control in the middle of the turn trying to get grip for the exit. We know the Honda works well here and we had a good race here last year, I just hope this weekend will be dry, that would be great! After the race we have a test on Monday. I really hope the weather is good for us as it's an important test going forward for the remainder of the season".

DANI PEDROSA
 
DANI PEDROSA –World Championship Position: 3rd with 65 points
 
"Catalunya is, obviously, one of my favourite races because all my family, friends and fans are there supporting me and it's a very special date on the calendar. I'm really looking forward to getting there after missing the race last year. I want to feel the atmosphere again and I'm very excited and motivated to do well and fight for victory. Catalunya is a hard track because normally it is hot, but it would be good to have good weather for a change! The test on Monday will be also very important for the team. Catalunya is a very good track to test the new tyres because it is one of the circuits where you stay on the edge of the tyre longer and a long time turning right, you need good feeling in the front. It will be important to have a good test to arrive at Silverstone with the best information possible".
Championship standings
1 Jorge Lorenzo 90 pts SPA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
2 Casey Stoner 82 pts AUS HONDA Repsol Honda Team
3 Dani Pedrosa 65 pts SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
4 Cal Crutchlow 45 pts GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
5 Andrea Dovizioso 44 pts ITA YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
6 Valentino Rossi 42 pts ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
7 Alvaro Bautista 35 pts SPA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
8 Stefan Bradl 35 pts GER HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
9 Nicky Hayden 33 pts USA DUCATI Ducati Team
10 Hector Barbera 26 pts SPA DUCATI Pramac Racing
11 Ben Spies 18 pts USA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
12 Aleix Espargaro 12 pts ESP ART Aspar Team MotoGP
13 Randy De Puniet 6 pts FRA ART Aspar Team MotoGP
14 Mattia Pasini 6 pts ITA ART Speed Master
15 James Ellison 5 pts GBR ART Paul Bird Racing
16 Danillo Petrucci 4 pts ITA IODA Ioda Racing Project
17 Michelle Pirro 4 pts ITA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
18 Colin Edwards 4 pts USA SUTER NGM Mobile Forward Racing
19 Yonny Hernandez 3 pts COL BQR-FTR BQR
20 Ivan Silva 1 pts SPA BQR-FTR BQR
21 Chris Vermeulen 0 pts AUS SUTER NGM Mobile Forward Racing
22 Karel Abraham 0 pts CZE DUCATI Cardion AB Motoracing


Circuit information
First race 1992 (Modified 1995)
GPs held 20
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

Sepang International Circuit

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)
2011 Winner Casey Stoner (Honda)
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