The second round of the 2011 World Cup stops in the Andalusian circuit.Casey Stoner appear as early leader of the class, but his immediate pursuers, the reigning champion Jorge Lorenzo and his own teammate Dani Pedrosa, are at home.
Europe welcome the MotoGP battle
Jerez de la Frontera is the first European level in the timing of the MotoGP World Championship 2011.The famous Spanish circuit this weekend hosts the second race of the season, an appointment is always crowded, the race day usually filled with more than 120,000 spectators, and characterized by its special atmosphere.So once again is expected from next Friday, when the action starts bwin Grand Prix of Spain.
After the victory in Qatar, in his debut with Repsol Honda, Casey Stoner is the first leader of the course 2011.The Australian became the first Honda rider since 2003 that managed to prevail in the inaugural Grand Prix of the season.However, only Stoner on the podium in Jerez on a previous occasion accounting for all categories (in 2009), and will face the thrust of the current World Champion Jorge Lorenzo and his own team-mate at Repsol Honda Dani Pedrosa, who will seek to replicate the performance seamless Stoner in Losail and meet the expectations of the fans.
Lorenzo (Yamaha Factory Racing) was the only driver ranked among the top five in Losail not driving a Honda and probably want to underline the message he sent to his rivals for second place in the race reached the desert.After reaching last year in Jerez his first MotoGP victory in Spanish territory, thanks to an overtaking Pedrosa on the last lap, both aim to increase the number of podium finishes in this nascent campaign.Pedrosa also trusts that do not play the left arm problems encountered during its performance in the latter part of the race in Qatar and which led to new medical consultations to verify their physical condition.
The Italian duo Andrea Dovizioso (Repsol Honda) and Marco Simoncelli (San Carlo Honda Gresini) has successful track record (they ran at the junior level) and now also seek his first podium in Jerez in the premier class, a shared goal Ben Spies (Yamaha Factory Racing) after starting with a sixth place in the opening round.
Valentino Rossi is the most successful driver in history at the Jerez circuit, a stage has six victories in the premier class.The Italian began his new stage with Ducati in Qatar, where he was seventh.Still in the process of adapting to the GP11 and the shoulder slope of the total recovery, Rossi and teammate Nicky Hayden on Ducati Team will concentrate on trying to add another podium to the one contained in the honors of Ducati in the era of 800cc (Stoner, 2009).
Colin Edwards (Yamaha Tech Monster 3) visited the podium in Jerez in 2007, while his team mate Cal Crutchlow is preparing to play his second MotoGP race after a solid start in Qatar.Hiroshi Aoyama (San Carlo Honda Gresini) completes the top ten overall.The Japanese rider won the route from Cadiz when he raced in the 250cc class and hopes to make headway on his 800cc machine, like Hector Barbera (Mapfre Aspar Team) and rookie Karel Abraham (AB Cardion Motoracing).
After a failed campaign starring start at Losail, the pair of Pramac Racing Loris Capirossi and Randy de Puniet will seek their first points in the Spanish track.Same argument for Toni Elias (Honda LCR), due especially to reach a track on which last year won the victory in Moto2.
Alvaro Bautista will be low at this Grand Prix as he recovers from its passage through the surgery to repair the fracture of the left femur.His place in the Rizla Suzuki's John Hopkins will take the U.S., which reappears on the stage of MotoGP for the first time since the Valencia GP 2008.