Repsol Honda press release
The Repsol Honda Team scored their eleventh double podium of the 2011 MotoGP Season this afternoon, with Dani Pedrosa 2nd and Casey Stoner 3rd, and team mate Andrea Dovizioso in 5th position in the Grand Prix of San Marino.
The three Repsol Honda riders battled very hard during the twenty eight lap race in incredibly difficult conditions with 62% humidity. Lorenzo took an early lead from the front row with Stoner and Pedrosa following closely behind. The Australian rider maintained the gap to Lorenzo at under three tenths of a second for the first ten laps, but then fatigue kicked in and he was unable to match Lorenzo's pace, who gradually pulled away. Stoner tried to keep a distance to third place Pedrosa, but was unable to fend of his Spanish team mate who passed him on lap twenty two.
Andrea Dovizioso was involved in a close battle for fourth position with Simoncelli and Spies. After a great start, the Italian jumped from sixth to fourth in the first corner but was then passed by Simoncelli on lap seven. He kept Spies behind him for the entire race and on lap twenty five he managed to pass Simoncelli to take fourth position. However, on the final lap Simoncelli regained fourth place and Dovizioso had to settle for fifth.
The riders will now enjoy a weeks rest before heading to Aragon for Round 14 of the MotoGP World Championship, which will take place on Sunday 18 September.
DANI PEDROSA - 2nd - World Championship Position: 4th with 150 points
"I'm a little disappointed with the race because the bike didn't feel as good as it was in practice. We wanted to make a change to the suspension to improve it a little but we had the opposite effect, sometimes it happens. From the first lap, I realised I couldn't keep up with Jorge and Casey, at the beginning the bike was closing the front and then it was sliding in the rear. The second part of the race was good, Jorge had a perfect race today, but I was able improve my times lap by lap and catch Casey. I overtook him and maintained my rhythm to the finish with another second place in two weeks, which it's not so bad . We've been lucky today as it was cooler than yesterday and finally the rain didn't come. It's been two very demanding races in a row and this one in particular was perhaps the toughest of the season so far, as the circuit is challenging with so many hard braking areas and it has been very hot again, also after Indy it has been difficult to recover from the jet lag and fatigue. Let's hope we can get some rest and be stronger for Aragon".
CASEY STONER - 3rd - World Championship Position: 1st with 259 points
"At the beginning of the race I was cautious as there were a few spots of rain, once this cleared up I was pretty comfortable behind Jorge, I didn't feel the need to push and then the tiredness suddenly hit me. It was hard to find the braking points and change direction on the bike, there was nothing wrong with the tyres, nothing wrong with the bike, the team did a great job and gave me a fantastic package, I'm just worn out. After the past few races I've had to put in a lot more effort in Laguna and Brno, riding a lot harder than I normally would. This together with the neck injury from Assen which I've been struggling to get strong again due to lack of training from the hectic race calendar, has finally caught up with me. For the second half of the race I was just too tired, simple as that, I'm very grateful to have finished on the podium. All credit to Jorge, he had a fantastic race, hopefully by Aragon I'll be fully fit and recovered".
ANDREA DOVIZIOSO - 5th - World Championship Position: 3rd with 185 points
"It was a tough race, I had to push hard and ride aggressively and we had to cut the power a lot due to fuel consumption issues. We suffered from this during the whole race weekend, but after the warm up I received the bad news that we had to cut even more power. This hasn't been such a big issue this year and in fact it has never been the case that I am unable to match Simoncelli in acceleration. This stems from from the riding style and the set up of the electronics, especially the engine braking. I knew that with this cut in power it would have been impossible to fight for the podium, so this affected my motivation. We had a good battle with Marco and Spies, on this occasion, for the first time this season Marco beat me so congratulations to Marco. It was a good battle but our target was to gain some points on Lorenzo and we didn’t manage to. We are still third in the Championship which is the most important point, we are confident and will continue working".