The Repsol Honda Team heads to Catalunya2012-05-29 10:17
The 2012 MotoGP World Championship stops in Barcelona this weekend for the fifth round on the calendar.
Catalunya circuit is a place full of fond memories for both Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa. Casey recorded the best ever lap at this track (pole position in 2008 with 1'41.186) and Dani has the circuit record (1'42.358, the fastest lap in 2008 on his way to victory).
I the last five years, Casey has never missed the podium at Catalunya. The Australian champion, currently second in the championship eight points behind Lorenzo, will fight to close this gap in Montmeló, where last year he took a solid victory.
Dani knows how it feels to be on top at his home Grand Prix; he has won here in all classes and after missing the race last year due to injury, he is more motivated than ever. Dani wants to enjoy the race in front of his fans and reduce the gap in the championship standings as much as possible. He is third with 65 points, 25 behind the leader.
It will be a long weekend for the Repsol Honda Team, with a one day test scheduled on Monday from 10am to 6pm.
CASEY STONER World Championship Position: 2nd with 82 points
"Catalunya is one of my favourite races and it was the first major grand prix circuit I tested on. Ever since that moment I fell in love with the track, the big fast sweeping corners there's a lot of control in the middle of the turn trying to get grip for the exit. We know the Honda works well here and we had a good race here last year, I just hope this weekend will be dry, that would be great! After the race we have a test on Monday. I really hope the weather is good for us as it's an important test going forward for the remainder of the season".
DANI PEDROSA World Championship Position: 3rd with 65 points
"Catalunya is, obviously, one of my favourite races because all my family, friends and fans are there supporting me and it's a very special date on the calendar. I'm really looking forward to getting there after missing the race last year. I want to feel the atmosphere again and I'm very excited and motivated to do well and fight for victory. Catalunya is a hard track because normally it is hot, but it would be good to have good weather for a change! The test on Monday will be also very important for the team. Catalunya is a very good track to test the new tyres because it is one of the circuits where you stay on the edge of the tyre longer and a long time turning right, you need good feeling in the front. It will be important to have a good test to arrive at Silverstone with the best information possible".
Source: Repsol Honda Team
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