2011 Portugal MotoGP
Following a three-week hiatus from racing, which was brought on by the postponement of the Japanese round due the tragedy of the tsunami, the MotoGP circus is settling into Estoril, Portugal for the third round of the 2011 season.
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.
As with many of Valentino Rossi’s post-victory celebrations, this year’s 2009 MotoGP Championship winning chicken and egg stunt in Sepang has some deeper more humorous meaning. Valentino Rossi conducted his chicken and egg act after his final 2009 race victory as he pulled his Yamaha M1 off the Sepang track to meet his awaiting fan club and fan club president.
2009 MotoGP World Championship.
Brembo has been a leading name in motorsport for over 30 years, and with the 2009 MotoGP season just under way, the company renews its commitment once again to this elite competition as an established supplier of braking systems to the top teams. Ceaseless innovation. Research on increasingly hi-tech, high-performance solutions and materials. Brake discs and friction materials of the latest generation…these are just some of the elements that ranks Brembo as the undisputed leader in international competition.
World Champion Valentino Rossi found the first qualifying session… interesting.
Reacting to qualifying second at the Commercialbank Grand Prix of Qatar on Saturday MotoGP title holder Valentino Rossi was in a positive frame of mind ahead of the first race of the year, though he admits he and his team have plenty of work to do on Sunday.
The Italian will be trying to prevent poleman Casey Stoner from registering a hat-trick of Qatar wins as the 2009 season gets underway and says there are some points on the track where he couldn’t match the Australian on Saturday.
Jorge Lorenzo is pumped up and ready for the 2009 season.
Sure to be one of the key players this weekend at the Commercialbank Grand Prix of Qatar Jorge Lorenzo is looking forward to returning to the scene of his superb MotoGP debut at the beginning of last season.
Pole position and second place in the race at your first GP is not a bad effort and the ultra-confident Lorenzo would surely be happy with a repeat result. In the preseason test visit to Qatar early in March Lorenzo was also second overall and he counts the desert track as one of his favourites.
World Champion feels that not all his cards have yet been shown.
Valentino Rossi begins the defence of his MotoGP World Championship this weekend, and the Fiat Yamaha rider is in high spirits ahead of the first race of the year. Rival Casey Stoner may seem to have the beating of him at the Losail International Circuit, but Rossi has a strong belief in his Yamaha M1 and is sure to have a strategy in mind for the season-opener.
Colin Edwards ran into problems on the last day of preseason testing but he is confident his team will quickly find a solution and believes they are in good shape for race one in Qatar.
After his hitherto excellent preseason preparations Colin Edwards ended up tenth on the Official Practice timesheet at the end of Sunday’s 45-minute Jerez showdown, having encountered problems at the Spanish circuit on his satellite Yamaha M1.