Qatari GP: Repsol Honda preview

Back to business in Qatar This weekend the floodlights at the circuit of Losail will witness the first race in this year" championship. Fun, competition and spectacle are some of the ingredients this year, one which starts in the middle of the...

Back to business in Qatar

This weekend the floodlights at the circuit of Losail will witness the first race in this year" championship. Fun, competition and spectacle are some of the ingredients this year, one which starts in the middle of the desert and in full moonlight. For the third consecutive year the night in Qatar is waiting for the riders as the long awaited new season, one which promises to be tighter than ever, gets under way.

The Repsol Honda Team will begin the championship with the simple aim of winning. Dani Pedrosa will go to the Qatar GP in circumstances that are very different to those of the last couple of years: the Spanish rider is 100% physically fit and will mount his bike in Losail with the intention of finishing on top of the podium.

He returned to his blog on Repsol.com this week and he analysed his rivals in this the first race this season and in the fight for the world title: "I see a very strong Valentino. He is always strong, but in the pre-season he has only been beaten by Stoner, the final day in Qatar. It seems that he gets stronger as time passes. Then there is Stoner, who has made progress. Lorenzo will be among the leaders when he recovers his fitness and we cannot rule out either Dovizioso or Ben Spies".

Bookies will fancy Dani Pedrosa to be fighting for the title with the reigning World Champion Valentino Rossi and with Casey Stoner, winner in Qatar the last three years. Jorge Lorenzo" performance is the one complete unknown since the Spanish Yamaha rider is still affected by his pre-season injury. Andrea Dovizioso and the rookie Ben Spies could also be included among the possible race winners.

The Italian Repsol team rider is aiming to make more progress this season and stake his claim to be among the title favourites. After a magnificent pre-season where he was always among the fastest, his first objective is now to be on the podium at the Qatar GP, where so far he has finished 4th (2008) and 5th (2009) in MotoGP.

The weather, as always, is a very important factor at this circuit located in the middle of the desert. Althought the uninvited guest last year was rain, which delayed the MotoGP race until the Monday. The time has come: after a five month break it is back to business in Qatar!

-source: repsol

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Valentino Rossi , Ben Spies , Andrea Dovizioso , Jorge Lorenzo , Casey Stoner , Dani Pedrosa
Teams Repsol Honda Team