2011 Catalunya MotoGP Results

2011 MotoGP

Spoiler Alert: 2011 Catalunya MotoGP results below

Round 5 of the 2011 MotoGP Championship at Catalunya began a string of six races in just eight weeks. And from the outset, it was intense.

The Catalunya circuit in Barcelona, which was the second venue of four in Spain, was dominated by one rider who took the top times in all three free practice sessions: Repsol Honda’s Casey Stoner.

Before 82,000 fans, Stoner beat out track-favorite Jorge Lorenzo, who took second aboard the Yamaha Factory Racing M1. Finishing third was Lorenzo’s teammate Ben Spies; it was the American’s first podium in the 2011 MotoGP Championship.

Casey Stoner (Repsol Honda RC212V MotoGP) says: "Everything’s been working so well here it’s like a dream. The bike and hard compound tires were working well for us all weekend and we knew we had good race pace. There is a lot of degradation on this track so I tried to hold the pace we had in qualifying and get some consistent laps in whilst the tires were good.

"Then the rain came and I didn’t know how hard to push. The track hasn’t been very grippy all weekend so it was a little nerve wracking because it would have been very easy to come down in those conditions. I’m very happy to bring it home for another win."

The race began with a horrible start from pole-sitter Marco Simoncelli aboard the San Carlo Honda Gresini RC212V. The Italian was shoved back to seventh by Turn 1, behind the Ducati Team duo of Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden.

Getting the holeshot was Lorenzo, followed by Stoner and Spies. Repsol Honda’s Andrea Dovizioso also got a good start, and began battling with Rossi. But on the second lap, Stoner’s Honda passed Lorenzo, and the Australian maintained the lead for the rest of the 25-lap race. 

With 22 to go, the only crash of the race occured; Pramac Racing Ducati’s Randy de Puniet and San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Hiroshi Aoyama crashed at Turn 1, both unable to restart.

The white flag came out with 12 laps to go, allowing riders the option of switching to their MotoGP prototypes setup for the rain. But none of the MotoGP grid left the track. By this time, Dovizioso already had fourth over Rossi, and began chasing down Spies, but was unsuccessful in his efforts.

Dovizioso would finish fourth, followed by Rossi. Simoncelli would finish sixth after taking his first MotoGP-career pole, with the rookie Cal Crutchlow taking seventh on the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha.

Rounding out the top 10 were Ducati Team’s Nicky Hayden, Pramac Ducati Racing’s Loris Capirossi and Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati’s Karel Abraham.

Missing from the race was Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa, due to breaking his shoulder in the controversial Le Mans crash with Simoncelli, and Monster Tech 3 Yamaha’s Colin Edwards, who broke his shoulder at Catalunya MotoGP practice.

With his solid podium finishes, Lorenzo remains in the lead with 98 points, seven more than Stoner. Dovizioso moves into third with 63 points.

2011 Catalunya MotoGP Results:

1.2527Casey STONERAUSRepsol Honda TeamHonda163.643’19.779
2.201Jorge LORENZOSPAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha163.5+2.403
3.1611Ben SPIESUSAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha163.4+4.291
4.134Andrea DOVIZIOSOITARepsol Honda TeamHonda163.3+5.255
5.1146Valentino ROSSIITADucati TeamDucati163.2+7.371
6.1058Marco SIMONCELLIITASan Carlo Honda GresiniHonda162.9+11.831
7.935Cal CRUTCHLOWGBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha162.0+26.483
8.869Nicky HAYDENUSADucati TeamDucati161.6+33.243
9.765Loris CAPIROSSIITAPramac Racing TeamDucati161.0+43.092
10.617Karel ABRAHAMCZECardion AB MotoracingDucati161.0+43.113
11.58Hector BARBERASPAMapfre Aspar Team MotoGPDucati160.9+44.224
12.419Alvaro BAUTISTASPARizla Suzuki MotoGPSuzuki160.8+45.239
13.324Toni ELIASSPALCR Honda MotoGPHonda160.1+58.268
Not Classified
  14Randy DE PUNIETFRAPramac Racing TeamDucati157.722 Laps
  7Hiroshi AOYAMAJPNSan Carlo Honda GresiniHonda157.4 


2011 MotoGP Championship Standings (after 5 of 18 rounds):

1.Jorge LORENZOYamahaSPA98
2.Casey STONERHondaAUS91
3.Andrea DOVIZIOSOHondaITA63
4.Dani PEDROSAHondaSPA61
5.Valentino ROSSIDucatiITA58
6.Nicky HAYDENDucatiUSA47
7.Ben SPIESYamahaUSA36
8.Hiroshi AOYAMAHondaJPN36
11.Hector BARBERADucatiSPA26
12.Karel ABRAHAMDucatiCZE24
13.Colin EDWARDSYamahaUSA21
14.Toni ELIASHondaSPA20
15.Loris CAPIROSSIDucatiITA16
16.Alvaro BAUTISTASuzukiSPA11
17.Randy DE PUNIETDucatiFRA6
18.John HOPKINSSuzukiUSA6