The Repsol Honda Team sprints from Portugal to Spain this week ahead of the Grand Prix of Valencia, where the RC212V race machines of Dani Pedrosa and Andrea Dovizioso will be displaying an important new sponsor's logo. The "One Heart" design will...
The Repsol Honda Team sprints from Portugal to Spain this week ahead of the Grand Prix of Valencia, where the RC212V race machines of Dani Pedrosa and Andrea Dovizioso will be displaying an important new sponsor's logo. The "One Heart" design will appear on the factory Honda team fairings from first MotoGP practice on Friday morning as Pedrosa and Dovizioso begin their preparations for the final race of 2010.
"One Heart" is the slogan of Honda's joint venture operating company in Indonesia, called Astra Honda. The motto crystalizes the dreams, passion, and the lifestyle shared by Honda and its young and vibrant customers in Indonesia. The Indonesian motorcycle market is a very important one where Honda is the market leader and plans to increase its motorcycle production to four million units by the end of 2011. This valuable new partnership with the "One Heart" brand will also continue through 2011, connecting the Repsol Honda Team with the huge enthusiasm for MotoGP in Indonesia, where TV viewing figures average over one million per race.
Pedrosa visited Indonesia after the US Grand Prix in July this year and saw first hand the level of passion for motorcycles and MotoGP in the world's fourth most populous country. And this weekend the Spaniard will be hoping to give his home supporters something to cheer about as he goes all out to defend second place in the World Championship. With a 19-point lead over Valentino Rossi in third place, and after his impressive injury-defying race in Portugal on Sunday, the 25-year-old is determined to put in another fighting performance at a track he loves.
Following last weekend's Grand Prix of Portugal, Pedrosa visited the Dexeus Hospital in Barcelona to undergo electromyography scans on his left arm and shoulder, which confirmed that there is no nerve damage as a result of the broken collarbone he suffered a month ago. Pedrosa is now hopeful that the lack of feeling he experienced in his left arm during and after the Portuguese race will be less of a problem this weekend. With five wins to his name at Valencia, one in the 125cc class, two in 250s and two in MotoGP - including victory last year, Pedrosa certainly has the pedigree to make a return to form at Valencia.
Andrea Dovizioso is confident of another strong result this weekend and comes to Valencia boosted by Sunday's Grand Prix of Portugal, where he scored his third podium from the last four races. The 24-year-old Italian has produced an impressive recent run of form and is on course to finish the season in the same excellent shape in which he started it. Dovizioso still has the chance of securing fourth place in the World Championship, something he can achieve if he outscores Casey Stoner by 11 points this weekend. It won't be easy, but Dovizioso and his crew will be going all out to make it happen.
The Grand Prix of Valencia takes place on the 4.005km (2.487-mile) Ricardo Tormo ciruit, a tight and twisty track overlooked almost in its entirety by stadium-like grandstands. The celebratory end-of-term atmosphere created when the seats are packed with avid Spanish fans is always appreciated by MotoGP riders and teams alike, despite the fact that the compact circuit itself is not the stiffest test of a MotoGP machine's performance. Sunday's 30-lap encounter gets under way at 14.00, following two days of practice which begin on Friday morning.
Further information about Indonesia and Astra Honda: In 2009, the motorcycle market in Indonesia across all manufacturers was approximately 5.8 million machines, with Honda holding a 46% market share. In 2011 it will be 40 years since Honda established its first manufacturing alliance in Indonesia. Since 1971 more than 25 million Honda motorcycles have been built in the country and to mark this remarkable success, the One Heart logo will continue to be displayed on the Repsol Honda RC212Vs through 2011.
DANI PEDROSA - World Championship Position: 2nd - 236 points
"In a couple of days I will get back on the bike again at Valencia and I really hope to feel better than I did on Sunday in Estoril. The last medical checks I had this week have shown that the nerves are not affected and this is positive, even though I'm feeling the same symptoms of numbness. I went to Clinica Dexeus to have an electromyography scan in my left arm from the neck to the hand. It showed that the nerves are OK, so I will continue having physiotherapy and I hope that gradually the lack of feeling passes. Despite the circumstances, I'm going to Valencia in a good mood because this is a track I love and the atmosphere there is always special. Last year we had a great race, so I want to get a good result regardless of my physical condition. We have a new sponsor this weekend from Honda in Indonesia. When I visited Indonesia this year I was really amazed by how many people follow MotoGP there. They are very passionate and knowledgeable about the championship, so it's good that this new sponsor on the Repsol Honda machine can create a link with this country."
ANDREA DOVIZIOSO - World Championship Position: 5th - 195 points
"I'm very happy that we were back on the podium in Estoril. It means we are competitive and that we can go to Valencia with the target of fighting for fourth position in the World Championship. Valencia is quite a slow and twisty track which makes it a technical and challenging circuit which isn't easy to ride. It's not one of my favourite circuits on the calendar but that's really not important - because we are determined to have a very good race on Sunday and finish off the year as strongly as possible. The Valencia weekend is a special event, not only because it is the final round of the season but also because on Tuesday and Wednesday after the Grand Prix there are two important days of testing in preparation for the 2011 season. I'm really looking forward to getting the maximum out of these two days of testing before we head into the long winter break."