VALENCIA 2012 U.S. Grand Prix - Laguna Seca - Preview - 24/07/2012

Date : 24/07/2012

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".
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 Danillo 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

Sepang International Circuit

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)
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