Malaysian Grand Prix, Sepang: Repsol Honda Team Preview

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Almost without time to celebrate the 2011 World Champion title, Casey Stoner and his team mates of the Repsol Honda Team, Dani Pedrosa and Andrea Dovizioso, will face this weekend the second-to-last round of the calendar, the Malaysian Grand Prix. The Repsol rider will try to add a new victory and break records in the most demanding circuit of the season due to the extreme heat and humidity. Stoner will try to set his twelfth pole position, while Pedrosa and Dovizioso will fight for the third place in the overall standings. In Moto2, Marc Márquez is only three points away from the lead, when there are still 50 up for grabs.

The new MotoGP World Champion, Casey Stoner, arrives in Malaysia with his homework done, but with new challenges ahead. In Sepang, the Australian rider will have the opportunity to equal two records, his own of the most victories in one year —10 in 2007— and the record of most poles achieved in one season —12 for Mick Doohan in 1997 in 500cc and for Marc Márquez in 2010 in 125cc—. This will be Stoner’s 100 Grand Prix in MotoGP, and he visits a track were he has won in all categories.

His team mate, Dani Pedrosa, only needs to achieved one victory in MotoGP in Sepang to equal his Australian team mate. The Spanish rider, who did not take part in the Malaysian race in 2010 due to an injury, will try to recover from the weekend he had in Phillip Island, where he was fourth and lost 3 points to Andrea Dovizioso —third in the Championship—. The Italian rider of the Repsol Honda Team was in Phillip Island again on the podium. With this third place, Andrea is just one point away from match his best MotoGP season. The Sepang circuit, the second longest of the World Championship with 5.548 metres, is a pending subject for the Italian rider, who saw the win escape from his hands last year.

Casey’s View…

“After clinching the title in the last race at Phillip Island we go to Malaysia with a lot less pressure and we can just look forward to the race. It’s disappointing to hear that Jorge [Lorenzo] is unlikely to be there, we had hoped that his recovery from the operation would mean he could race there but we’ll miss him there again.
After pre-season testing in Sepang we proved to be competitive so we will arrive there positive and look to enjoy the weekend. We’re also testing the 1000cc bike on Monday after the race, with the Championship now wrapped up, we can concentrate on the development of next years machine, so I’m also looking forward to that”.

Source: Repsol Media