Grupo Francisco Hernando rider Sete Gibernau has returned to MotoGP this year precisely because of weekends such as the one he has just experienced at the Gran Premio bwin.com de España and the veteran competitor is looking forward to more great racing this year.
The World Championship’s visit to Andalusia for the early season ‘fiesta’ is always a special occasion and Gibernau was proud to be a part of it as he participated in his first European race since 2006.
Fastest on Friday at Jerez but struggling on Saturday, Valentino Rossi’s team made overnight changes before the warm-up which helped him to victory in Spain.
Having made a big step forward on Sunday at the Gran Premio bwin.com de España Valentino Rossi thanked his Fiat Yamaha crew for the changes they made to his bike, after qualifying, which helped him to his first win of 2009.
The MotoGP World Champion built on his two second places at Qatar and Japan with his Spanish success, to give himself an 11 point lead at the head of the standings after three races of his title-defence.
Recording his second podium in a week at the Gran Premio bwin.com de España on Sunday was a big surprise for Dani Pedrosa even after he qualified in second position for the third race of the year.
The 23 year-old from Barcelona is making great progress with his knee and arm injuries having had surgery due to a preseason crash shortly before the start of the 2009 World Championship.
Having caused a surprise with his great podium for Honda at their home race in Japan last week he looked like he had a good chance of a win on Sunday in Spain as he led the race for the first 17 laps.
Ducati’s Casey Stoner worked hard to get his first ever Jerez podium result on Sunday.
Not normally happy with third place finishes Ducati Marlboro’s Casey Stoner was a relieved man after the Gran Premio bwin.com de España concluded on Sunday, as he stepped onto the rostrum at the Spanish venue for the first time.
Arriving at the Gran Premio bwin.com de España as the World Championship leader, Jorge Lorenzo had looked to extend his advantage with his first home victory in the premier class. He started from pole and did everything possible to chase a podium finish once Valentino Rossi and Dani Pedrosa had broken free, but in the end the Spaniard paid a heavy price for taking too many risks.
Lorenzo crashed his Fiat Yamaha M1 when desperately trying to chase down Casey Stoner, his rival for third place.
Valentino Rossi took his first win of the season at the Gran Premio bwin.com de España on Sunday, beating Dani Pedrosa to the line by a 2.7s margin in front of a huge Spanish crowd of more than 123,000 fans in Andalusia.
Pedrosa led for the first half of the race having made one of his trademark strong starts from second on the grid, but Rossi took the lead with ten laps to go and did not look back there and his triumph gives him an 11 point lead in the general standings.
After his mixed weekend so far at Jerez, Valentino Rossi stated his Sunday intentions with the fastest time in the MotoGP warm-up.
Enjoying the Spanish sunshine on Sunday morning at the Jerez de la Frontera circuit, and with yesterday’s wind having died down, Valentino Rossi looked comfortable once more in the premier class warm-up at the Gran Premio bwin.com de España.
"At least Hayden won’t need to worry about looking in his rearviews" – Tony Russo
Yuki Takahashi qualified thirteenth on the grid for the Gran Premio bwin.com de España, a pleasing result for the Japanese rider as he learnt a new setting and his true race pace during the timed session.
13th – Yuki Takahashi Speaks…
The factory Ducati perspective on qualifying at the Gran Premio bwin.com de España.
Casey Stoner recorded his best ever MotoGP qualifying performance at the Jerez circuit to secure a front row spot for what promises to be a scintillating Sunday race.
His team-mate Nicky Hayden is set to start from 16th on the grid after being unsettled by the changing track conditions in Spain.
3rd – Casey Stoner Speaks…
An exciting MotoGP qualifying session at the Gran Premio bwin.com de España concluded with Motegi racewinner and series leader Jorge Lorenzo on pole in Jerez.
The man of the moment in MotoGP Jorge Lorenzo delighted the home crowd at the Jerez de la Frontera circuit in beautiful conditions on Saturday afternoon, as he repeated his 2008 pole for the Gran Premio bwin.com de España.
The MotoGP paddock reconvenes in southern Spain for the third round of the 2009 World Championship, the Gran Premio bwin.com de España, just a week on from their second outing of the year. The first European round, and one of the most well-attended events on the calendar, the riders have points to win and points to prove at the Circuito de Jerez.