MotoGPNetherlandsJune 25, 2011
MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix Round 07
Dutch TT at ASSEN Race Results

Stoner Increases Points Lead After Double Honda Podium in Assen

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Casey Stoner (Repsol Honda RC212V) increased his MotoGP World Championship points lead with a measured second place finish to maiden MotoGP winner Ben Spies (Yamaha) in front of a Saturday crowd of 92,150 at the Dutch TT in Assen, Holland. Andrea Dovizioso (Repsol Honda RC212V) finished third.

Casey STONER (Repsol Honda Team) Andrea DOVIZIOSO (Repsol Honda Team)


Casey STONER (Repsol Honda Team)


Andrea DOVIZIOSO (Repsol Honda Team)


Stoner slotted into second place on the second of 26 laps and pressed the Texan from the eighth to the 11th laps, cutting into his lead. Then the Australian felt discomfort in his shoulder in the crucial left hand corners and saw his progress blunted. Once the 11th lap ended Spies opened the gap and Stoner made the tactical decision to protect second, which he did, and continue his record of a podium finish in every race he’s completed this year.

It adds up to Stoner holding a 28 point lead, 136 to 108, over Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) after seven of 18 races. Lorenzo finished sixth after getting knocked down by pole-sitter Marco Simoncelli (San Carlo Honda Gresini RC212V) on the first lap. Dovizioso is now a strong third with 99 points.

Dovizioso was hopeful of using the harder front tyre option, but with the track temperature at a chilly 16C he had to go for the softer one. In pursuit of Stoner, Dovi had a few front-end slides, which prevented him from pushing harder. There were further complications with the rear tyre, which developed a vibration about 15 laps into the 26-lap race. At the time he was being pursued by Valentino Rossi (Ducati), but Dovi was confident that he could maintain the cushion on his fellow Italian, which he did, and finished on the podium for the third time in the last four races.

Simoncelli was ahead of Lorenzo when he lost the rear end of his Honda RC212V in de Strubben, the first left hand corner. Getting heat in the left side of the tyres was a point of discussion all weekend, with several riders falling victim to the cold and wet conditions in the track’s few left-handers. Both Lorenzo and Simoncelli remounted, with Simoncelli salvaging a ninth place finish.

The Italian was remorseful and apologetic, and admitted that he was aware that he should have been more careful with his tyres on the first lap. The crash happened near the exit of the corner and before Simoncelli was on the gas.

Hiroshi Aoyama finished one place ahead of Simoncelli while riding the Repsol Honda RC212V in place of the injured Dani Pedrosa. Pedrosa, who is recovering from collarbone surgery, is expected to return for next week’s Italian Grand Prix at Mugello in eight days time.

Aoyama was riding in pain from a Friday morning practice crash, which cost him valuable set-up time on the factory machine. It took the Japanese star until mid-race to find his rhythm and some consistent times. In the final few laps he was taking seconds out of the lead of the rider in front of him before running out of time. Aoyama finished eighth, grateful for the chance to ride Pedrosa’s bike, which he said made him a better rider.

Honda’s Japanese test rider Kousuke Akiyoshi was 13th aboard the second San Carlo Honda Gresini RC212V.

Marc Marquez (Team Catalunya Caixa Repsol, Suter) moved to second in the Moto2 World Championship after rebounding from a disastrous race at Silverstone by winning his second race of the year, while championship leader Stefan Bradl (Viessmann Kiefer, Kalex) was one of many riders to fall victim to difficult conditions.

Marquez was part of a quartet that established themselves at the front in a race that began on a wet track in a very light rain, with a racing line that continued to dry out and widen with each successive lap.

Marquez was joined at the front by Bradley Smith (Tech 3 Racing-Tech 3), Kenan Sofuoglu (Technomag-CIP, Suter) and Yuki Takahashi (Gresini Moto2 Racing, Moriwaki). The race was filled with tension, as the top three continuously swapped positions while riding the tightrope of the dry racing line.

Takahashi took himself out of podium contention when he crashed out of second five laps from the end, leaving the podium positions to be decided among Marquez, Smith, and Sofuoglu. Marquez had taken the lead from Sofuoglu on the 17th of 24 laps and broke his pursuers on lap 20 when he increased his lead from .282s to 1.505s. The lead continued to grow with Marquez winning his second race of the year by 2.397s.

Sofuoglu passed Smith on lap 21 and quickly pulled away, the young Brit deciding to bring home 16 points and add this podium to the one in his previous home race at Silverstone. Sofuoglu had previously won twice in World Supersport in Assen, first in 2006 and again in 2007, both times on a Honda CBR600RR.

Rain specialist Anthony West (MZ Racing Team, MZ-RE Honda), who the 250cc race here in 2003, was alone in fourth place.

Despite not finishing for the first time this season, Bradl enjoys a 57 point lead going into next week’s eighth round of the championship at Mugello. He has 127 to 70 for Marquez, who jumped from eighth to second in the points. Simone Corsi (Ioda Racing Project, FTR), was previously second in points, finished 14th and dropped to third in the championship with 67 points.

The teams now drive from northern Europe to southern Europe for the eighth round of the MotoGP World Championship at the Mugello circuit next weekend.

Hiroshi AOYAMA (Repsol Honda Team) Marco SIMONCELLI (San Carlo Honda Gresini) & Kousuke AKIYOSHI (San Carlo Honda Gresini)


Hiroshi AOYAMA (Repsol Honda Team)


Marco SIMONCELLI (San Carlo Honda Gresini) & Kousuke AKIYOSHI (San Carlo Honda Gresini)


MotoGP:
Casey Stoner, Repsol Honda: 2nd
“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 (Spies). 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, Repsol Honda: 3rd
“I’m really happy with today’s 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 (Stoner), 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 (Rossi), 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 (Lorenzo) 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, Repsol Honda: 8th
“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 (Pedrosa) 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.”

Marco Simoncelli, San Carlo Honda Gresini: 9th
“In this race you can’t put it all down to bad luck, but the truth is that I was very naive. It was the first left-hander, the asphalt was cold and, although I don’t think that I went in too hard to get past Lorenzo, I felt that I couldn’t hold back because I was third and close to the front two. There was time though, and I could have waited. I am unhappy to have caught Lorenzo up in my crash and can only apologise to him. The only consolation, small as it is, is that I was able to pick the bike up and finish the race and put down some good times –despite having parts and pegs missing from the bike and the back of my helmet digging in. It is another bad experience for me and I am going to try and bear it in mind, without losing focus and motivation.”

Toni Elias, LCR Honda MotoGP: 10th
“Well, as I said many times already this is not the position I was dreaming, but considering the rear grip issues and these difficult asphalt conditions I am very satisfied about this race. I took another good start from the last row finishing the first lap in ninth position. Suddenly (Karel) Abraham crashed in front of me and I risked crashing into him, so I lost a couple of seconds there. If the race would have been wet I could fight for a better position, but I cannot complain now. We still have many things to adjust in the dry and we will see what the weather is going to be in Mugello.”

Kousuke Akiyoshi, San Carlo Honda Gresini: 13th
“For me it was a fantastic experience and thank you all, that HRC has given me this opportunity and the boys of Team San Carlo Honda Gresini with whom I have worked very well.”

Moto2 rider quotes
Marc Marquez, Team Catalunya Caixa Repsol – Suter: race winner
“I’m so happy for this victory, especially in those conditions, because it’s so difficult. Always in rain conditions, I never get that feeling, but step-by-step the team help me a lot. I need to say thanks to them, because without them for sure, for me this level would be impossible. I’m happy for that race. Was very long. Was hard in the end. It rained a little bit more and the tyre looked destroyed, but now I saw the tyre it was completely new, but my feeling was completely destroyed because it slides quite a lot. But step-by-step, we improve my riding style for sure in some points. I need to improve, but I’m happy after Silverstone because of this result and now we will see in Mugello. But this victory is for my team.”

Kenan Sofuoglu, Technomag-CIP-Suter: 2nd
“It was really hard race, but for me was important to make a podium, because we had a really difficult time at the beginning of the year. We really couldn’t find a way. But finally the last few races we improve a lot. And I’m really happy at the moment at making the podium, because Assen is a special track. I did many races, I win many times, but this time was enough to get a podium because this is a first grand prix podium. And I was a little bit careful, especially the last part. But it was nice. I want to say a really big thanks to my team, because it was really needed, because everybody was losing motivation the last few races. But I’m really happy now. Now we are going to Mugello and I believe this will be the beginning of my career again in GP class, because I was really coming from different championships. It’s really difficult here. Maybe not the level, the life is different here and I’m starting to get used to it. I hope the last part of the year I will be very strong.”

Bradley Smith, Tech 3 Racing-Tech 3: 3rd
“Crikey, it was really hard work out there, just with the variable conditions. Assen dries so quickly, so at the start of the race I felt real comfortable, especially on the wet track. As it started to dry I started to suffer a little bit. The line went from about that wide and got bigger and bigger. I think we were a little bit too soft for those type of conditions. And then especially when it started to rain again and I had a chance of a podium, I just did the sensible thing and bring 16 points. But big thanks to the team and, yeah, it’s nice to stand on the podium, especially twice now. This morning in warm-up gave me the feeling that I needed. We’ve improved the bike an awful lot in the wet and now we proved that we can be second in the dry and now I definitely look forward to going to Mugello, so all good things.”


MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix Round 07
Dutch TT at ASSEN


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MotoGP
1 Ben SPIES (Yamaha Factory Racing)
2 Casey STONER (Repsol Honda Team)
3 Andrea DOVIZIOSO (Repsol Honda Team)
4 Valentino ROSSI (Ducati Team)
5 Nicky HAYDEN (Ducati Team)
6 Jorge LORENZO (Yamaha Factory Racing)
7 Colin EDWARDS (Monster Yamaha Tech 3)
8 Hiroshi AOYAMA (Repsol Honda Team)
9 Marco SIMONCELLI (San Carlo Honda Gresini)
10 Toni ELIAS (LCR Honda MotoGP)
11 Alvaro BAUTISTA (Rizla Suzuki MotoGP)
12 Hector BARBERA (Mapfre Aspar Team MotoGP)
13 Kousuke AKIYOSHI (San Carlo Honda Gresini)
14 Cal CRUTCHLOW (Monster Yamaha Tech 3)
Casey STONER (Repsol Honda Team)


Casey STONER (Repsol Honda Team)
Moto2
1 Marc MARQUEZ (Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol)
2 Kenan SOFUOGLU (Technomag-CIP)
3 Bradley SMITH (Tech 3 Racing )
4 Anthony WEST (MZ Racing Team)
5 Alex DE ANGELIS (JIR Moto2)
6 Mattia PASINI (Ioda Racing Project)
7 Esteve RABAT (Blusens-STX)
8 Thomas LUTHI (Interwetten Paddock Moto2)
9 Randy KRUMMENACHE (GP Team Switzerland Kiefer)
10 Max NEUKIRCHNER (MZ Racing Team)
11 Alex BALDOLINI (NGM Forward Racing)
12 Andrea IANNONE (Speed Master)
13 Yonny HERNANDEZ (Blusens-STX)
14 Simone CORSI (Ioda Racing Project)
15 Claudio CORTI (Italtrans Racing Team)
 
125cc
1 Maverick VINALES (Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing)
2 Luis SALOM (RW Racing GP)
3 Sergio GADEA (Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing)
4 Sandro CORTESE (Intact-Racing Team Germany)
5 Johann ZARCO (Avant-AirAsia-Ajo)
6 Danny KENT (Red Bull Ajo MotorSport)
7 Efren VAZQUEZ (Avant-AirAsia-Ajo)
8 Jonas FOLGER (Red Bull Ajo MotorSport)
9 Marcel SCHROTTER (Mahindra Racing)
10 Hector FAUBEL (Bankia Aspar Team 125cc)
11 Alexis MASBOU (Caretta Technology)
12 Simone GROTZKYJ (Phonica Racing)
13 Danny WEBB (Mahindra Racing)
14 Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDIN (Airasia-Sic-Ajo)
15 Alberto MONCAYO (Andalucia Banca Civica)
 

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