Repsol Honda press release
With no time to pause for breath, the Repsol Honda Team arrive back in Europe after a fantastic 1-2 at Indianapolis, to take part in round thirteen of the 2011 MotoGP World Championship in San Marino.
Casey Stoner secured his seventh win of the season at Indianapolis with team mates Dani Pedosa and Andrea Dovizioso in 2nd and 5th respectively. Casey, also a winner at Misano in 2007 has qualified on pole twice but will be looking to improve on his 5th place finish last year.
Dani has enjoyed strong results at Misano in the past, progressively improving on each outing, finishing on the podium in the past two years and dominating in 2010 taking victory, pole position and the circuit lap record.
Andrea has narrowly missed out on a podium in San Marino in his past two outings there. He qualified 8th in both 2009 and 2010, and worked hard in the race to claim 4th position both years, he will be aiming for his first podium there this weekend in front of his home crowd.
CASEY STONER – World Championship Position: 1st with 243 points
"I'm looking forward to going to San Marino and seeing how competitive we can be. In 2007 and 2008 we were fast there, then I missed 2009 and last year we struggled a little so we've had a mixed bag of results. It's a nice track, I like the two corners off the end of the back straight, they're a lot of fun and very fast. I know Dani and Jorge will be very fast there, but I'm coming off the back of three wins and in a strong position in the Championship so we'll see what we can do and I'm confident we can get a good result".
ANDREA DOVIZIOSO – World Championship Position: 3rd with 174 points
“We arrive in Misano after a disappointing result in Indianapolis but we are determined to turn the page and return on the podium. The conditions in Indianapolis were very demanding but we managed to record our fastest time on the very last lap. This shows that we are fast and therefore we arrive in Misano stronger and with an extra motivation. We are third in the Championship and this is the important point. We will continue fighting and we will give our best every race weekend, because we believe that second position in the World Championship is not impossible. Last year in Misano I finished fourth behind Valentino. This year we want to take the next step and get the podium spot. I’m sure that with the experience gained this year, we can be strong at Misano. I don't live far from Misano and after the podium finish in Mugello I would love to have another good result in front of the Italian crowd".
DANI PEDROSA – World Championship Position: 4th with 130 points
"After the good race we had at Indy, we arrive at Misano in a very positive mood. The circuit is so different compared to Indy, but last year we had a very good race there and we will try to repeat this. We must be a little stronger on Saturday and prepare for the race the best we can. Misano is a track where you need good acceleration and hard braking, so this will be our priority to start working on with the bike setting. After the success in America, it's good to head directly to Misano. I hope we can continue working well with the team and take another step forward".