Valencia Grand Prix: Repsol Honda Team Preview
This weekend’s Valencian GP round will be a special Grand Prix due to the dramatic events in Malaysia. The mourning for Marco Simoncelli’s tragic death will mark this Grand Prix of Comunitat Valenciana, the last of the 2011 season. In the sporting section, the Repsol Honda Team will conclude a good season. Casey Stoner is already the MotoGP World Champion, the Repsol Honda Team and Honda won the teams and constructors classification, respectively, and Andrea Dovizioso and Dani Pedrosa will fight for the third overall position this weekend.
The 2011 MotoGP World Champion, Casey Stoner, will compete in Valencia in his 100 Grand Prix of the premiere class, in the very same track where he achieved his first World Championship victory (2003, in 125cc). The Repsol rider, who won again in 2008, could also reach in the Valencian track the record of most poles in one year Ã¢â‚¬â€twelveÃ¢â‚¬â€ currently held by Mick Doohan since 1997 in 500cc. This number was also reached by Marc MÃƒÂ¡rquez in 2010 in 125cc.
One of the unknowns that will be unveiled in this Grand Prix will be who will take the third place in the final MotoGP classification. Andrea Dovizioso will defend his four-point advantage over his team mate Dani Pedrosa. The Ricardo Tormo circuit (4.005 metres) brings very different memories to those two riders. The Italian, who just achieved another podium in Australia, has never won in the Valencian track, while Dani Pedrosa has victories in all categories.
“It will be difficult to return to racing this weekend after Marco’s terrible accident in Sepang but I think it is the best thing we can do to honour him. We know we all play a risky game and, even if compared to the past the safety of our sport is much better, unfortunately these kind of events still occur. My thoughts go out to his family and I hope that they are coping through this period.
The race this weekend is the final round of an incredible season for us, we worked hard all year and after clinching the title in Phillip Island we are starting to look to 2012. After the race here in Valencia we will have the two day test on the 1000cc machine and then we can take a well deserved break and reflect on the ups and downs of a very long hard season.
We will go out there this weekend and try to put on a good show for all the fans and especially in memory of Marco”.
Source: Repsol Media