2011 MotoGP News
For the second year in a row, three MotoGP pilots are representing America in the series: Ben Spies, Colin Edwards and Nicky Hayden.
The three finished in the top nine at Losail International Circuit, Qatar, for the opening round of the 2011 MotoGP Championship.
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.
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.
Four American riders will compete at the elite level of worldwide motorcycle racing in 2010, including the Red Bull Indianapolis GP on Aug. 27-29 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
2006 World Champion Nicky Hayden, veteran Colin Edwards and rookie Ben Spies will represent the U.S. at the pinnacle of the sport, the MotoGP class. Rookie Kenny Noyes will race in the newest class in the World Championship, Moto2.
R1 MotoGP Wizardry
You may think your connection to MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi is distant, but with the 2009 Yamaha YZF-R1, that bond is tighter than you think. And you can credit Yamaha’s latest technological advance in four-cylinder engine design to none other than ‘The Doctor’.
Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix – Sunday 30 August
• For the sixth time this year a Spanish rider is starting from pole in the MotoGP class – none of the previous five poles has resulted in a victory.
• Dani Pedrosa starts on pole for the second time this year, bringing to an end a run of seven successive poles for Yamaha. Pedrosa has not won from pole position since the last race of 2007 in Valencia.
Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team rider Colin Edwards produced a gritty qualifying performance this afternoon to equal his best grid position of the season at a hot and sunny Brno.
Despite being less than 100 per cent fit after he needed treatment for a swollen neck gland, the Texan secured his eighth top six grid position of the season in preparation for round 11 of the 2009 MotoGP world championship tomorrow. Edwards clocked a best time of 1.56.964 on his last lap, the 35-year-old finishing less than 0.5s from claiming his first front row start of the season.