Catalunyan GP: Repsol Honda preview

Montmeló, the latest objective for the Spanish armada The countdown to the Catalunyan GP has started. The Spanish armada, with Dani Pedrosa at the head, will go to Montmeló eager to put in a good performance and to put on a good show for the...

Montmeló, the latest objective for the Spanish armada

The countdown to the Catalunyan GP has started. The Spanish armada, with Dani Pedrosa at the head, will go to Montmeló eager to put in a good performance and to put on a good show for the home crowd. One of the best circuits in the calendar is waiting for the riders; a track that is complicated and technical, but well-liked by the riders. Fun for everybody is guaranteed.

The circuit of Montmeló was opened in 1991, it is 4 725 metres long and is 12 metres wide. The home straight measures 1 047 metres and it has 13 curves; 5 left-handers and 8 right-handers. It is a track that treats Spanish riders kindly, where they have almost always got good results. Dani Pedrosa, when he raced in 250cc, and Jorge Lorenzo in 125cc, are the two riders that hold the record times at the circuit.

One of the key factors for these riders is the crowd. The organiser" objective this year is to beat the attendance in 2006 when 107 201 fans filled the stands. The forecasts at this moment in time predict that this figure will be easily beaten.

Montmeló comes at a good time for several riders such as Dani Pedrosa who, after his performance and result at Mugello - second behind Rossi -- will have a good chance to make up lost ground and to make up for the two falls he had here last year. The Italian is on a high at the moment and he knows what it is like to win here -- five times so far in his career -- and his three consecutive victories back this up.

The Spanish armada also has Jorge Lorenzo at the head of the 250cc category, and after his big disappointment at Mugello will want to taste a victory on home soil more than ever. Up against him will be Héctor Barberá and Álvaro Bautista and they will not hand the triumph to him on a plate.

In 125cc Héctor Faubel is the leader of the classification after a great start to the season, but of course his rivals will not want him to extend his lead; Sergio Gadea, Pol Espargaró and a recovered Esteve Rabat, will be out to stop him at all costs.

-credit: repsol honda

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Hector Barbera , Jorge Lorenzo , Dani Pedrosa , Pol Espargaro