Last weekend, Monster Tech 3 Yamaha’s Colin Edwards crashed and broke his shoulder during practice for Catalunya MotoGP, which caused him to miss his string of 141 successive GP races since debuting in 2003.
Colin Edwards III has something in common with Bret Favre and Cal Ripken Jr. besides a cool nickname.
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At the two rounds preceding Le Mans MotoGP (Estoril and Jerez), Ben Spies suffered to DNFs due to crashes.
But the Yamaha Factory Racing MotoGP pilot didn’t have these misfortunes at the French Grand Prix, the Texan finishing sixth behind fellow sophomore rider Marco Simoncelli (San Carlo Honda Gresini).
The weather at the Estoril circuit is always unpredictable because of its proximity to both sea and mountains and this year was no different, but the surprise worked in favor of the MotoGP riders.
Estoril, Portugal, round three of the 2011 MotoGP World Championship. An unpredictable circuit given its proximity to the ocean, where strong winds can whip in rain and cold. Or, just as easily deliver classic Portugal sun.
After dominating all three practice sessions at Losail International Circuit, Qatar, Casey Stoner had no problem securing the pole position Saturday for the opening round of the 2011 MotoGP Championship.
Joining Stoner on the front row will be his teammate Dani Pedrosa and the reigning MotoGP Champion, Jorge Lorenzo on the Yamaha Factory Racing M1.
It wasn’t surprising that Casey Stoner took the top time at Free Practice 1 (FP1) Thursday for the opening round of 2011 MotoGP in Qatar. It also wasn’t surprising that his teammate Dani Pedrosa was second fastest.
The first official test session of the 2011 MotoGP Championship wrapped up on Thursday at Sepang. Again, a Honda was on top, this time with Marco Simoncelli at the controls of the San Carlo Honda Gresini RC212V.
Yamaha Tech3 MotoGP rider Colin Edwards has had one of the most illustrious and lengthy careers in racing. From motocross, to AMA roadracing, World Superbike, and MotoGP, the man has been at it for most of his life, collecting two Superbike World Championships, A Suzuka 8-Hour Title and garnering 119 Grand Prix starts.