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Stoner and Dovizioso size up Round 7

Stoner and Dovizioso size up Round 7

The Repsol Honda pair are preparing to ride in this weekend's Iveco TT Assen, for which team-mate Dani Pedrosa remains a doubt.

This weekend the Repsol Honda Team travels to Holland to take part in the Iveco TT Assen, the seventh round of the MotoGP Championship, with Casey Stoner leading the Championship, Andrea Dovizioso in third place overall and Dani Pedrosa - now fifth after missing the last two GPs - working hard to return to racing as soon as possible after receiving another surgery last Thursday.

It was announced on Monday that if Pedrosa is declared unfit to ride this weekend his place in the team would be taken by Hiroshi Aoyama for this round.

Championship leader Casey Stoner is in fantastic form at the moment, with four wins out of six races. The Australian rider will be looking for another strong result at a track where he has visited the podium every year since 2007.

His team mate Andrea Dovizioso is also looking forward to racing at Assen after his strong podium finish in the British GP. Even though the Italian rider has scored only one podium finish from his previous outings at the Dutch TT - a third place in 2006 in the 250cc class - Dovizioso is eager to repeat a good result on a track that he enjoys.

Casey Stoner:
"It was a tough race in Silverstone and to come away with three wins in a row and also the Championship lead is awesome, so it's been nice to have a break after such a good time! I'm really looking forward to going to Assen, it's a nice track, the first section is a little slow and doesn't do too much for me, but the last part is a lot of fun. I believe the RC212V will work well for us there as it has done at all circuits so far this season. We will work hard to get the set up right on the bike and hope to challenge for another win, but right now we need to go ahead doing our best each race. I'm really sorry to hear Dani had to undergo another operation, he really doesn't deserve all this bad luck and I hope he'll be ok soon.”

Andrea Dovizioso:
“After the podium finish at Silverstone, I look forward to race in Assen. I really like the old track, now with the several modifications it has lost its unique identity a bit. We are on good form and feel that we will also be strong this weekend. In particular at Silverstone we had a very good strategy and a good race so I'm motivated to get another strong result for the Championship. It’s a circuit in two sections - the first part is quite slow while the second part, the old Assen, is technically more demanding. I’m really sorry that Dani had to have another surgery. I hope that he recovers soon and he comes back completely recovered.”

Repsol Honda team press release

MotoGP, 2011, IVECO TT ASSEN, Andrea Dovizioso, Casey Stoner, Repsol Honda Team

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