This is what Dani Pedrosa had to say to the press after the thrilling end to Sunday's MotoGP race:
After Sunday's thrilling MotoGP race at Jerez, here's what Jorge Lorenzo had to tell the press:
I never fail to get a thrill of excitement when I enter the paddock on race day, and this morning was no exception. I'm not a morning person by any stretch of the imagination, but despite having to get up at 5:30am to get in on time, I still got that electric tingle as we arrived at the gate. Here's a few of my (poorly shot) photos to give you an idea of why.
Result and summary of the MotoGP race at Jerez:
Result and summary of the Moto2 race from Jerez:
Results and summary of 125cc race at Jerez:
Saturday afternoon at Jerez saw a scintillating battle for pole in all three classes, worthy of the pressure cooker atmosphere at the Andalucian track. After qualifying was over, we made the daily rounds of rider debrief and qualifying press conference, to hear what the top riders had to say about the day.
MotoGP's rule-making body, the Grand Prix Commission met today, and as expected, did nothing to clarify the 2012 MotoGP rules, and especially to provide a definition of exactly what constitutes a Claiming Rule Team. Instead, what they came up with was a relaxation of the penalty for infringing the engine allocation rules: Instead of starting from the pit lane 20 seconds after the red lights go out for the start, any rider using a 7th (or 8th, or 9th) engine during the 2010 season will have to start just 10 seconds later.
During the evening rider debrief, one senior journalist asked Nicky Hayden what he thought about the rule, and his answers surprised the journalists present. "Well, it depends where it happens," Hayden said. "If you were at Le Mans, you'd be way back. But start at the end of the pit lane at Sepang, and you'd be right there!" The Ducati Marlboro mulled the question a little more, telling reporters "I'm just going through them all in my mind," before going on to say that starting from the pit lane at Laguna Seca would allow riders to cut out all of Turn 1 and most of Turn 2. The other US Grand Prix would be less fortuitous, however. "Indy would be terrible, you've got a tight little hairpin [on the exit to pit lane]."
Results and summary of the qualifying practice for the Moto2 class at Jerez:
Results and summary of Qualifying Practice for the MotoGP class:
Results of the 125cc Qualifying Practice Session:
After dominating practice at Qatar, Casey Stoner's MotoGP season got off to a difficult start when he crashed out of the lead at the first race. The loss of 25 points is costly, but with engines limited to just 6 for the entire year, the crash itself could also be costly. The Marlboro Ducati rider then compounded his problem by crashing again during the first session of free practice at Jerez on Friday, lowsiding into the gravel.
But the crashes were no cause for concern, Stoner told the media on Friday evening. When asked if he was worried about engine damage, the Australian replied that he had been prepared for such an event. "I switched it off today, just to make sure," Stoner said. "I was warned before Qatar by the guys just to switch the engine off as quick as you can if you're not going to get up and rejoin the race," he explained. "I just wanted to make sure at that point and switch it off as quickly as I could."
The issue of crash damage is the one question mark hanging over the entire engine allocation rules. Unlike in Formula One, which has adopted similar rules, engines are very easily damaged in a crash. The engines have been modified slightly to reduce the amount of damage they are exposed to during a crash, but it is hard to rule it out altogether.