After a stressful pre-season, and so-so results at the opening round of 2011 MotoGP in Qatar, Valentino Rossi appeared to regain some rhythm Friday at the opening practice session for the Spanish Grand Prix.
Formalities for the Gran Premio bwin de España got underway on Thursday afternoon at the Jerez Circuit, where reigning World Champion Jorge Lorenzo was joined by early Championship leader Casey Stoner, Marco Simoncelli, Dani Pedrosa and Valentino Rossi at the official press conference.
Dani Pedrosa clearly struggled with strength in his left arm at the opening round of the 2011 MotoGP Championship at Qatar, although the Spaniard took the final podium spot behind Jorge Lorenzo and his teammate, Casey Stoner.
But Pedrosa is adamant about having another year of great performances on the Repsol Honda RC212V, and sought out some answers.
As the MotoGP Championship travels to Europe for the Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez, many riders would typically fear nine-time World Champion Valentino Rossi due to his history at the 2.748-mile circuit.
The Italian has the most wins of any rider in MotoGP at Jerez de la Frontera, taking six wins in the premier class (five in 800cc class, one in 500cc).
Moto2 Jerez Preview
Leading the way in Moto2 after Round 1 is Stefan Bradl (Viessmann Kiefer Racing), whose second Moto2 victory of his career came from his first ever pole position start at the Losail circuit. The Moto2 series heads to Jerez this weekend for the Spanish Grand Prix.
The 2011 MotoGP season has not been typical of Valentino Rossi, from the first pre-season tests up to the opening round in Qatar two weeks ago.
The Italian could hardly break the top 10 in pre-season test sessions, and struggled for a seventh-place finish at Losail International Circuit.