Heading into Round 7 of the 2011 MotoGP Championship in Assen, the Repsol Honda team has two major issues, one bad, one good.
For the good, Casey Stoner took the championship lead after another dominiating performance at Silverstone two weeks ago, the Australian winning four of six rounds so far in is debut year on the Repsol Honda RC212V.
Hirohide Hamashima of the Bridgestone development division provided an analysis of tire compounds used during the difficult and wet MotoGP weekend at Silverstone.
The AirAsia British Grand Prix thoroughly tested the tire compounds Bridgestone supplied for the sixth round of the 2011 Championship.
On a slick Silverstone Circuit, Casey Stoner took his 34th World Championship victory, including his fourth in the 2011 MotoGP Championship.
Due to his win at Round 6 of 18, Stoner now has the MotoGP Championship lead, 18 ahead of Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo, who crashed out of Sunday’s Silverstone race.
The official AirAsia British Grand Prix press conference took place at the Silverstone circuit on Thursday, with the most frenetic part of the MotoGP season underway with the first back-to-back race weekends of 2011. The race is the second visit to Silverstone since the British circuit was reinstated on the calendar in 2010.
2012 MotoGP Testing Video
On Tuesday in Jerez, Casey Stoner got his first taste of the 2012 Honda prototype, a 1000cc version that will be allowed to run in 2012 MotoGP.
Wednesday was supposed to be Dani Pedrosa’s test day on the Honda, but due to injury he sustained in France, the decision by the Honda Racing Corporation team was to have Stoner test again.
France MotoGP Free Practice
During the second MotoGP Free Practice session at Le Mans Friday, Casey Stoner again showed domination aboard the Repsol Honda RC212V.
The Australian was four-tenths quicker than his FP1 time, which allowed him to further shatter the Le Mans circuit record set by Valentino Rossi in 2008.
MotoGP: Ducati Rossi Report
At Estoril MotoGP, Valentino Rossi missed out on his best-ever finish on the Ducati Team GP11 by 0.025 of second at the line.
The Italian Vale Rossi, who held fourth for the entire 28-lap race, maintained consistent rhythm on Sunday, but couldn’t catch third-place MotoGP finisher Casey Stoner on the Repsol Honda.