We're in England, so naturally, all the talk is of the weather. The morning saw all three classes get in a completely dry session, but the rain which had been threatening all day finally fell in the first few minutes of the 125cc session. It rained properly, wetting the track completely, and then promptly stopped. That left the MotoGP riders on a track that was progressively drying, but oddly, only in the second half of the circuit, making for very tricky conditions.
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This may sound a little strange at first, but if you're a motorsports fan, then this is a terrible weekend for you. How can this be? I hear you cry - there's MotoGP from Silverstone, World Superbikes from Misano, Formula One from Montreal and the legendary 24 hour sports car race from Le Mans. Plenty to go around, you would think, but then again, there is so much going on that there is a huge amount of overlap, and bike fans especially will be losing out.
Another race, another rider meeting with Race Direction. After Marco Simoncelli being called to speak to Race Direction after the crash in Le Mans, this time it was the turn of Kenan Sofuoglu and Julian Simon. Sofuoglu had run into the back of Simon at Catalunya, causing the Spaniard to crash and causing a very nasty multiple fracture.
What failed at Catalunya has succeeded at Silverstone: Colin Edwards turned up at the Silverstone medical center for a fitness check, and this time, was passed fit to race. The collarbone which he broke at Barcelona this time was sufficiently healed for the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha rider to race, the circuit doctors judged. Edwards does not expect to be competitive at Silverstone, but is hoping just to score some points for the team.
It is no secret that Yamaha have a very high opinion of Ben Spies. Ever since their international racing arm based in Italy managed to lure Spies away from Suzuki, Spies has had full backing from Yamaha, and Spies has in turn rewarded them with a World Superbike title and the MotoGP Rookie of the Year title.
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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.
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.