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The man who’s been completely unstoppable so far in the 2011 MotoGP Championship is no doubt Repsol Honda’s Casey Stoner.
Except for a DNF due to the now famous crash at Jerez with Ducati Team’s Valentino Rossi, the Australian Stoner has been on the podium in every round, including five wins.
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.
2011 MotoGP Test
The final preparations of the 2011 MotoGP pre-season commenced at the Losail International Circuit on Sunday, as the premier class completed the first of two days of night-time testing at the track which will host the opening round of the campaign next weekend.
For the 2011 MotoGP World Championship season, Pramac Racing Team has reached a one-year agreement with French company Valmy.
Valmy’s logo will be placed on both Ducati Desmosedici GP11 MotoGP machines ridden by French rider Randy de Puniet and Italian rider Loris Capirossi. The logo will also appear on de Puniet’s leathers.
Ben Spies is no stranger to MotoGP. He replaced the injured Loris Capirossi at the 2008 British GP and secured a 14th place finish. He went on to sample three more wild-card rides, scoring a brilliant eighth place finish at Laguna Seca and an even more impressive 6th at Indianapolis.
At last week’s first official test of the 2011 MotoGP season at Sepang, Loris Capirossi was 13th fastest aboard the Pramac Racing Ducati.
And although much work needs to be completed, the Italian says the GP11 has much potential for the 2011 MotoGP season.
156 - Following the Catalan Grand Prix, Valentino Rossi has made 156 Grand Prix starts in the premier-class, the same as Jack Findlay whose career spanned from 1958 to 1978. Only five riders have started more races in the premier-class: Alex Barros (245 premier-class starts), Carlos Checa (192), Loris Capirossi (177), Kenny Roberts Jnr (167) and Sete Gibernau (158)
Sete Gibernau will return to motorcycle racing action at the MotoGP in Catalunya next weekend, even though he will be at less than 100% fitness.
Podium finisher at the Montmeló track for three consecutive years between 2003 and 2005, Gibernau’s participation in the sixth round of the 2009 MotoGP World Championship looked to be in doubt after he fractured his collarbone at the Grand Prix de France last month.
Chris Vermeulen looked good from the start of Friday’s MotoGP FP1 session in France and topped the leader-board during the early part of the outing. He appeared increasingly likely to better his best time of 1’36.301 – recorded during his 16 laps – but the weather intervened and he had to settle for fourth place.
Loris Capirossi was also making improvements and had just made several modifications to his bike – which he was sure would improve his ninth position – before he too was forced to head for shelter.
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