VALENCIA 2012 Grand Prix of San Marino - Misano - Preview 11/09/2012

Date : 11/09/2012

Repsol Honda Team heads to 'Marco Simoncelli Circuit'

This week the Repsol Honda Team heads to Misano for the thirteenth round of the 2012 World Championship and the second visit of the season to Italy. 

The Misano World Circuit has been recently renamed as the 'Marco Simoncelli Circuit' in honour of the much loved Italian rider who passed away in the Malaysian GP last year. The event promoters have worked tirelessly to ensure that this weekend's Grand Prix will be a great celebration in memory of their beloved countryman.

After his two successive and impressive wins in Indianapolis and Brno, Dani Pedrosa arrives in Misano confident and aiming to continue his great momentum at a track where he's been on the podium the last three years in a row, with a victory included in 2010. Alongside Dani for the first time in a Grand Prix weekend is British rider Jonathan Rea, who will combine MotoGP and Superbike World Championships whilst replacing Casey Stoner - currently recovering in Australia after successful surgery to his right ankle.

The Repsol Honda Team will seek to maintain the high level that has given them them five victories in the last six races. Dani, 13 points off the lead in the general standings, will be looking to take advantage of the results from the last tests in Brno and Aragon to fight for another victory in Italy. Jonathan, straight from his Superbike race in Nurburgring where he crashed in race one and took 4th in race two, hopes to enjoy this new experience in Misano, where he has already raced this season in Superbikes celebrating a fifth and a second place finish in both races respectively, and enjoyed his ever first win in 2009.

DANI PEDROSA – World Championship Standing: 2nd with 232 points
"Misano is a tricky track, quite bumpy, with a lot of braking and accelerations. The grip level is always a challenge, because it changes a lot from the morning sessions to the afternoon. In the past, our bike has been quite unstable there but I believe this year we have improved that. I hope the work we have done in the Brno and Aragon tests with suspension and electronics, can help us to start the weekend strong in Misano. We need to continue working in the same way, focusing on our bike's performance and my riding to keep reducing the gap in the Championship".
JONATHAN REA – World Championship Standing: n/a
"For me its a big dream come true just to race in MotoGP; it's been very unfortunate for Casey to sustain such an injury when he was having a very strong season and my best wishes go to him while he recovers. Now, my job is to replace him and I will try to do the best I can. I love Misano, I've already raced there this year and I finished second, it's also where I had my first ever Superbike win in 2009 and I enjoy the circuit and the Italian fans, they are always very enthusiastic. I take this opportunity like a great gift from Honda; in the few days I've spent with the team I have felt very good, they understand it will take me some time to push with this bike but I'm learning every time I get on it. It's been great to have these 3 days testing on the bike to prepare myself and for sure Friday morning will be less chaotic. We already have the riding position set, the base setup is set and I understand the electronics a little more. I know it's going to be busy, but I'm ready".

Rider Statistics - Dani Pedrosa
Age 26
Racing number 26
Race machine Honda RC213V
Date of birth September 29, 1985
Birthplace Sabadell, Spain
Height 160cm
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 41: 8 x 125cc, 15 x 250cc, 18 x MotoGP
GP podiums 108: 17 x 125cc, 24 x 250cc, 67 x MotoGP
GP pole positions 40: 9 x 125cc, 9 x 250cc, 22 x MotoGP
World Championships 3: 1 x 125cc (2003); 2 x 250cc (2004, 2005)
Previous results at Misano 2011 2nd (MotoGP), 2010 1st (MotoGP), 2009 3rd (MotoGP), 2008 4th (MotoGP), 2007 DNF (MotoGP)

Rider Statistics - Jonathan Rea
Age 25
Racing number 56
Race machine Honda RC213V
Date of birth February 2, 1987
Birthplace Larne, Northern Ireland
Height 175cm
Weight 68kg
Hobbies Motocross, swimming & running

Championship standings
1 Jorge Lorenzo 245 pts SPA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
2 Dani Pedrosa 232 pts SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
3 Casey Stoner 186 pts AUS HONDA Repsol Honda Team
4 Andrea Dovizioso 150 pts ITA YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
5 Cal Crutchlow 122 pts GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
6 Stefan Bradl 105 pts GER HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
7 Alvaro Bautista 102 pts SPA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
8 Valentino Rossi 100 pts ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
9 Nicky Hayden 84 pts USA DUCATI Ducati Team
10 Ben Spies 66 pts USA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
11 Hector Barbera 60 pts SPA DUCATI Pramac Racing
12 Aleix Espargaro 45 pts ESP ART Aspar Team MotoGP
13 Randy De Puniet 41 pts FRA ART Aspar Team MotoGP
14 Karel Abraham 25 pts CZE DUCATI Cardion AB Motoracing
15 Yonny Hernandez 21 pts COL BQR-FTR BQR
16 Michelle Pirro 18 pts ITA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
17 Colin Edwards 17 pts USA SUTER NGM Mobile Forward Racing
18 James Ellison 14 pts GBR ART Paul Bird Racing
19 Mattia Pasini 13 pts ITA ART Speed Master
20 Ivan Silva 11 pts SPA BQR-FTR BQR
21 Toni Elías 10 pts SPA DUCATI Pramac Racing
22 Danillo Petrucci 9 pts ITA IODA Ioda Racing Project
23 Steve Rapp 2 pts USA N/A Attack Performance
24 Franco Battaini 0 pts ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
25 Chris Vermeulen 0 pts AUS SUTER NGM Mobile Forward Racing
26 Aaron Yates 0 pts USA N/A GP Tech

Circuit information
First race 1980 (Modified 2007)
GPs held 15
Laps 28
Race distance 118.328km / 73.528miles
Track length 4.226km / 2.626miles
Track width 12m
Longest straight 0.600km / 0.37miles
Corners 16 (10 right, 6 left)
Pole position Left
Grandstands capacity 5,000
Circuit total capacity 75,000

Sepang International Circuit

Circuit records
Pole position 1m33.138s (163.344Km/h) Casey Stoner (Honda, 2011)
Race lap 1m33.906s (162.008Km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2011)
Race time 44m11.877s (160.633Km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2011)
MotoGP Wins 2 (Valentino Rossi 2008, 2009)
2010 Winner Dani Pedrosa (Honda)
2011 Winner Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha)
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