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Stoner and Dovizioso to carry Repsol Honda challenge

Stoner and Dovizioso to carry Repsol Honda challenge

The factory team will be without the injured Dani Pedrosa at this weekend’s Gran Premi Aperol de Catalunya, where his team-mates are determined to once again secure strong results.

Casey Stoner and Andrea Dovizioso arrive at the Catalan circuit with Dani Pedrosa in their thoughts but also very motivated after their one-two at Le Mans. Historically Honda has performed very well in Catalunya and has never failed to place a rider on the podium, apart from in 2009. Over these two decades the Montmeló grandstands, with a capacity of 104,000 spectators, have enjoyed 31 Honda rider podiums.

Pedrosa has achieved three wins and seven podiums at Catalunya; Stoner one win and five podiums – three in the last three seasons – and Dovizioso has one win and four podiums, but victory in the MotoGP class eludes him.

The Catalunya GP marks the start of a very busy period for the riders and teams, with six races to be held in the next eight weeks. The action packed weekend will commence early for the Honda Racing Corporation, with the presentation of the NSF250R 4-stroke machine on Thursday, the prototype to be used for the future Moto3 class in 2012 that will replace the current 2-stroke 125 model.

Casey Stoner:
"After such a great weekend in Le Mans I'm really looking forward to going to Barcelona, it's one of the first Grand Prix tracks I rode on and I've always enjoyed it. It's a very flowing track and the Spanish crowd are amazing. In the past Dani has proven our bike performs well there, so hopefully we can get there and find a reasonably good set up, fast and be competitive because we really need to start taking back some more points. I am very happy to hear that Dani's operation went well and I hope that his recovery time is quick. It's a shame he cannot be riding in his home race, but I really wish him a quick return back to track.”

Andrea Dovizioso:
“I’m happy heading to the Catalunya Grand Prix after my second position at Le Mans. This is one of my favourite circuits, it suits my riding style and it’s a good track also for the Honda RC212V. It’s a long track with fast corners and it’s a great feeling when you find the right flow and link one turn with the next. I have always had good results here and after the podium achieved in the last race we arrive competitive and motivated to repeat a good performance. The atmosphere at this circuit is fantastic, there are always many spectators who are truly passionate. With the Catalunya GP starts a very demanding period of the season with 6 races in 8 weeks. Personally, I like having two races in a row because you keep working on the bike without a break and it’s good also as a rider as you spend more time on the bike. I'm very sorry for Dani and I hope his rehabilitation goes well.”

Tags:
MotoGP, 2011, GRAN PREMI APEROL DE CATALUNYA, Andrea Dovizioso, Casey Stoner, Repsol Honda Team

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