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Gran Premio bwin de España next up for MotoGP

Gran Premio bwin de España next up for MotoGP

Jerez is the next stop as the 2010 World Championship makes its first European call of the 2010 season – the second round of the calendar after the rearrangement of the Grand Prix of Japan.

After a three-week break in which the Grand Prix of Japan was rescheduled for October 3rd due to the volcanic eruption in Iceland, the 2010 MotoGP World Championship resumes at Jerez this weekend with the Gran Premio bwin de España.

It is a circuit which has in recent seasons been a favourite of Valentino Rossi, who won there in 2007 and 2009 and finished second in the year in between. His Fiat Yamaha team-mate Jorge Lorenzo’s pace at the track is undoubted – he has secured pole position there in his two MotoGP races to date, but is yet to win in the premier class at Jerez. The pair arrive in Spain first and second respectively in the 2010 standings after the opening round in Qatar.

The Gran Premio bwin de España will provide Ducati Marlboro rider Casey Stoner with the opportunity to get his campaign off to a genuine start after he crashed out on lap six when leading at Losail in round one. The Australian finished third at Jerez last season, and a podium will be the only result he will have his eyes this time around on as he looks to make up the early points deficit on Rossi and Lorenzo.

Andrea Dovizioso (Repsol Honda) got his season off to a thrilling start by beating Nicky Hayden (Ducati Marlboro) to the final podium spot in Qatar, and the duo will both be looking to at least consolidate if not better their respective results at Jerez.

Displaying his lightning pace off the starting grid in round one was Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda) and the Spaniard will want to carry that through to race distance at Jerez where he won in 2008 and finished second last year, whilst Colin Edwards (Monster Yamaha Tech3) and Loris Capirossi (Rizla Suzuki) are still striving to get the most out of their bikes. The veteran Italian won the race in 2006, whilst Edwards finished on the podium in 2007.

Randy de Puniet of the LCR Honda team will seek to build on his solid start in Qatar where he finished sixth, and having taken fourth at Jerez last season the Frenchman will no doubt be eyeing another impressive result on board his RC212V machine.

Ben Spies (Monster Yamaha Tech3) announced his arrival as a full-time member of the MotoGP grid in style with a fifth-placed finish in Qatar, and the American now heads to a track he does not know. Spies was the highest finisher of the rookies in round one, but Hiroshi Aoyama (Interwetten Honda MotoGP), Álvaro Bautista (Rizla Suzuki) and Marco Simoncelli (San Carlo Honda Gresini) will all look to capitalise on their experiences of winning in the 250cc or 125cc classes at Jerez.

The Gran Premio bwin de España takes place from April 30th-May 2nd, with the opening practice session in the MotoGP class taking place on Friday April 30th at 1.55pm local time.

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