Catalunya Grand Prix, Barcelona: Repsol Honda Team Preview

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After a short break of two weeks to gather strength, the Motorcycling World Championship will increase its pace to start a period with six races in eight weeks. For the first of them, the Repsol riders will compete at home. The Catalunya Grand Prix will be the first setting where they will try to keep the momentum after their brilliant performance in Le Mans, a race where Dani Pedrosa broke his right collarbone and the recovery time will prevent him from taking part in the round starting next Friday at the Catalunya Circuit.

After dominating the three days of the French Grand Prix, Casey Stoner arrives to a circuit where he has not got off the podium since 2007. He also arrives as the man to beat after his two victories in the four races held this year. A triumph that Andrea Dovizioso will also seek, as after fighting for victory here last season -until a crash took out all chances to finish in the first places- and finishing second a fortnight ago, he reaches the Spanish round in very good form.

The unknown factor of the Grand Prix was unveiled today by Dani Pedrosa, who after undergoing surgery just two weeks ago to fix his broken collarbone, ruled out competing in Montmeló to be able to continue with his recovery process. Despite trying to find any chance to compete in such a special round, in front of his fans, the rehabilitation showed that the fracture is not sufficiently consolidated yet. The evolution of his injury will allow to decide later the date he will return to competition.

Casey’s View…

“After such a great weekend in Le Mans I’m really looking forward to going to Barcelona, it’s one of the first Grand Prix tracks I rode on and I’ve always enjoyed it. It’s a very flowing track and the Spanish crowd are amazing.
In the past Dani has proven our bike performs well there, so hopefully we can get there and find a reasonably good set up, fast and be competitive because we really need to start taking back some more points.
I am very happy to hear that Dani’s operation went well and I hope that his recovery time is quick. It’s a shame he cannot be riding in his home race, but I really wish him a quick return back to track”.