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Repsol Honda team plan to close gap at Catalunya

Repsol Honda team plan to close gap at Catalunya

The 2012 MotoGP™ World Championship stops in Barcelona this weekend for the fifth round on the calendar.

Catalunya circuit is a place full of fond memories for both Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa. Stoner recorded the best ever lap at this track in 2008 (1'41.186) and has two victories in the premier-class, while Dani holds the circuit record from 2008 (1'42.358), where he also took victory.

Stoner, who has won the last four MotoGP races held in Spain, currently sits second in the championship eight points behind Lorenzo, and will fight to close this gap in Montmeló. He will also look to extend his total podium finishes to 64 to equal Wayne Rainey in the history books.

Pedrosa, who has won at Catalunya in all classes and after missing the race last year due to injury, will look to reduce the gap in the championship standings as much as possible. He is third with 65 points, 25 behind the leader.

Casey Stoner

"Catalunya is one of my favourite races and it was the first major grand prix circuit I tested on. Ever since that moment I fell in love with the track, the big fast sweeping corners there's a lot of control in the middle of the turn trying to get grip for the exit. We know the Honda works well here and we had a good race here last year, I just hope this weekend will be dry, that would be great! After the race we have a test on Monday. I really hope the weather is good for us as it's an important test going forward for the remainder of the season."

Dani Pedrosa

"Catalunya is, obviously, one of my favourite races because all my family, friends and fans are there supporting me and it's a very special date on the calendar. I'm really looking forward to getting there after missing the race last year. I want to feel the atmosphere again and I'm very excited and motivated to do well and fight for victory. Catalunya is a hard track because normally it is hot, but it would be good to have good weather for a change! The test on Monday will be also very important for the team. Catalunya is a very good track to test the new tyres because it is one of the circuits where you stay on the edge of the tyre longer and a long time turning right, you need good feeling in the front. It will be important to have a good test to arrive at Silverstone with the best information possible."

MotoGP, 2012, GRAN PREMI APEROL DE CATALUNYA, Casey Stoner, Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team

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