That Dani Pedrosa would choose not to race at Barcelona was unfortunate, but not unexpected. After breaking yet another collarbone at Le Mans, just weeks after surgery to remove the plate from his other collarbone (his left one) which he broke at Motegi, Pedrosa was still not fully fit to race.
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Race day came in Barcelona, and we had one-and-a-half exciting races, and one-and-a-half snoozers. The 125cc and part of the Moto2 race was pretty good, while the lead in Moto2 and the entire race in MotoGP - with the exception of a highly entertaining between three satellite Ducatis for 9th place - was a complete procession.
MotoGP's Race Direction have been extremely active recently. The latest move by the body charged with enforcing MotoGP's rulebook is to summon Kenan Sofuoglu and Julian Simon to discuss the crash between the pair at Barcelona.
Just 24 hours after having surgery to plate the collarbone he broke in a crash on Friday, Colin Edwards is ready to race. Reports from around the Barcelona circuit are that Edwards will be returning to the Montmelo circuit at noon on Sunday, to face a medical examination to judge his fitness to race in the Catalunya MotoGP.
It is rather fitting that Paris Hilton should be coming to town, given the scenario that unfolded during qualifying for the MotoGP class this afternoon at Barcelona. It was straight out of a Hollywood script: after taking down the local hero, the Villain of the Piece turns up at Montmelo, faces down the booing crowd, and then steams home to take pole, his first ever in MotoGP.
The long-awaited list of entries for the MotoGP class in 2012 has been delayed. The list of new entries to the class was expected to be released at the Catalunya MotoGP round, but the list has been delayed while the MSMA, Dorna and IRTA are discussing a clarification to the claiming rule.
At a press conference on Friday at the Montmelo Circuit near Barcelona, Dunlop was officially announced as the spec tire supplier for the Moto3 series, which is to replace the 125cc series from 2012. The move was not a surprise, given Dunlop's long dominance of the support classes in the MotoGP series, and the fact that the tire maker already has the contract to supply tires to the Moto2 series.
The talking is over, the bikes are on the track, and a collective sigh of relief has risen from the paddock. We're racing again - well, practicing, but racing will come - and the pent up frustrations of 85 testosterone-addled, hypercompetitive, overactive young men have finally found release. That's not to say that there wasn't still plenty of talking going on - there was, mostly about Motegi, more of which later - but for once, we could talk about what was going on on track.
Colin Edwards is to miss the Barcelona round of MotoGP after crashing during the second session of free practice and breaking his collarbone. The Texan crashed on an out lap while the conditions were most treacherous: just as the track was starting to dry, but before it dried completely. Edwards was taken to the medical center, where he was diagnosed with a broken collarbone.
The penultimate chapter in the Simoncelli-Pedrosa saga (the closing chapter of which will see Pedrosa return to racing, either at Silverstone or more likely at Assen) has now been written. Marco Simoncelli has met with Race Direction to discuss the events of Le Mans, which saw Simoncelli and Pedrosa crash, injuring the Spaniard and the Italian awarded with a ride-through.