MotoGP: Stoner Grabs First Podium of Season

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MotoGP Report

Casey Stoner celebrated his first MotoGP podium finish of the year, in preparation for Sunday’s Grand Prix of Catalunya, which completes a triple-header of races across three consecutive weekends. Although Nick Hayden has claimed a number of fourth place finishes, this is also the first podium for all Ducati riders in 2010.

MotoGP Team Podiums Rider Nation
Fiat Yamaha 6 Jorge Lorenzo Spain
Repsol Honda 4 Andrea Dovizioso Italy
Fiat Yamaha 3 Valentino Rossi Italy
Repsol Honda 3 Dani Pedrosa Spain
Ducati 1 Casey Stoner Australia
Tech3 Yamaha 1 Ben Spies USA

The Catalunya racetrack, the scene of Ducati’s first win during the factory’s debut MotoGP season back in 2003, is fast, exciting, and the it has been scene of some memorable races in the past.

Both Stoner and his teammate Nicky Hayden are hoping to find a good set-up for their machines as they look to mount another strong challenge for the podium.

CASEY STONER, Ducati Marlboro Team says: “I have had some fantastic races at Catalunya in the past and others not so good but generally I have very fond memories there. I hope we can get around the issues we usually have there and be competitive because gradually we are getting better but we need to start picking up the results to show for it; it would be nice to start doing that at Catalunya.”

“The layout is really nice, it’s quite a classic, but sometimes with our bike we have struggled to find grip there. We have to try and sort that out this year and hopefully I can have some fun because we normally get some really close racing here.”

NICKY HAYDEN, Ducati Marlboro Team says: “The Grand Prix of Catalunya is one of the nicest of the season. Whenever we race in Spain there is always a huge crowd and a really hot atmosphere. Everybody likes the track, even though over the years it has developed a few bumps.”

“As far as set-up is concerned it will be important to find good traction because there are a lot of corners where you’re leaned over for a long time. There are also some hard braking areas so it will be important to find a good balance between stability and handling. We’ll do our best to do a good job.”

VITTORIANO GUARESCHI, Team Manager says: “Barcelona brings us to the end of a series of three consecutive races during which time we have worked a lot on the set-up of the GP10 with both our riders. Casey in particular needed to rediscover his confidence with the front and he was satisfied with the progress we made at Assen.”

“At Catalunya, where there are a lot of long, flat corners, it will be important to build on what we have found so far as well as finding good rear grip. Traction at full lean in the long corners will also be one of the main set-up areas we will be working on with Nicky at Barcelona, especially if the conditions are very hot because this will put extra stress on the tyres.”


The Circuit de Catalunya, located around 20 kilometres north of Barcelona, was added to the calendar in 1992, when it hosted the European Grand Prix, before changing to the Grand Prix of Catalunya in 1996.

It is a fast and demanding track with a long main straight of 1,047m, which allows the 800cc machines to hit top speeds in excess of 300km/h, and some hard-braking areas such as turn one and the “La Caixa” corner at the end of the shorter back straight, as well as some fast and flowing corners.

The combination of long corners and variations in camber calls for a balanced chassis set-up and puts huge demand on front tyre durability and feel.

The track was resurfaced in 2005 but many riders still complain about the bumps caused by F1 testing and racing.


Circuit Record: Daniel Pedrosa (Honda – 2008), 1’42.358 – 166.251 Km/h
Best Pole: Casey Stoner (Ducati – 2008), 1’41.186 – 168.177 Km/h
Circuit Length: 4,727 km
MotoGP Race 2010: 25 laps (118.175 km)
MotoGP Timetable 2010: 14:00 Central Europe Time
Number of laps: 25
Race distance: 118.175

PODIUM 2010: 1st Valentino Rossi, 2nd Jorge Lorenzo, 3rd Casey Stoner
POLE 2010: Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha – 2009) 1’41.974 – 166.877 km/h

2009: 3rd (Stoner)
2008: 3rd (Stoner)
2007: 1st (Stoner)
2006: /
2005: 11th (Checa)
2004: 10th (Capirossi)
2003: 1st (Capirossi)


Age: 24 (Born 16th October 1985 in Southport, Queensland, Australia)
Residency: Switzerland
Bike: Ducati Marlboro Team Desmosedici GP10
GP Appearances: 133 (72xMotoGP, 31×250, 30×125)
GP Victories: 27 (20xMotoGP, 5×250, 2×125)
First GP victory: Valencia, 2003 (125)
First GP: Great Britain, 2001 (125)
Pole positions: 22 (18xMotoGP, 2×250, 2×125)
First pole position: Italy, 2003 (125)
World Titles: 1 (MotoGP, 2007)

Stoner’s MotoGP track record at Catalunya:
2009: Qualified: 3rd. Race: 3rd
2008: Qualified: 1st. Race: 3rd
2007: Qualified: 4th. Race: 1st
2006: Qualified: 8th. Race: DNF

Age: 28 (born 30th July 1981 in Owensboro, Kentucky, USA)
Residency: Owensboro, Kentucky, USA
Bike: Ducati Marlboro Team Desmosedici GP10
GP Appearances: 122 (122xMotoGP)
First GP: Japan, 2003 (MotoGP)
Number of victories: 3 (3xMotoGP)
First GP victory: USGP, 2005 (MotoGP)
Pole positions: 5 (5xMotoGP)
First Pole: USGP, 2005 (MotoGP)
World Titles: 1 (MotoGP, 2006)

Hayden’s MotoGP track record at Catalunya:
2009 Qualified: 13th. Race: 10th
2008 Qualified: 3rd. Race: 8th
2007: Qualified: 7th. Race: 11th
2006: Qualified: 4th. Race: 3rd
2005: Qualified: 5th. Race: 5th
2004: Qualified: 3rd. Race: DNF
2003: Qualified: 3rd. Race: DNF