Dani Pedrosa is to miss his home Grand Prix at the Montmelo circuit near Barcelona, Catalunya. After breaking his collarbone in the crash with Marco Simoncelli at Le Mans, Pedrosa faced a race against the clock to be fit for Barcelona, focusing all of his efforts on undergoing physiotherapy and physical rehab to make the plated collarbone strong enough so that he could race on it.
The aftermath of the crash between Marco Simoncelli and Dani Pedrosa at Le Mans is now spiralling rapidly out of control. The ride-through penalty awarded by Race Direction (for "riding in an irresponsible manner, which could cause danger to others") caused a good deal of controversy around the world, and just as the affair appeared to be dying down, the situation was reignited when Race Direction announced that Simoncelli would be called into a meeting with them at Barcelona.
The period between the Le Mans and Catalunya Grand Prix appears to have had a salutary affect on Marco Simoncelli. In the San Carlo Gresini Honda press release preview of the MotoGP round at Barcelona, Simoncelli has expressed his regret at the crash at Le Mans, in which he and Dani Pedrosa collided and Pedrosa broke his collarbone, and for which he was given a ride-through penalty. Read the official press release below:
SIMONCELLI LOOKING TO THE FUTURE IN BARCELONA
Press Release previews from the Marlboro Ducati, Monster Tech 3 Yamaha, Factory Yamaha, Mapfre Aspar Ducati and LCR Honda MotoGP teams ahead of the Barcelona MotoGP round:
Preview Gran Premio Aperol de Catalunya
After another break of two weeks break the Monster Yamaha Tech3 team rolls on with their 2011 campaign and will start the first of two consecutive races in Catalunya, Spain this weekend.
The press releases from the World Superbike teams after the races at Miller Motorsports Park on Monday:
Salt Lake City – Races.
Monday, 30 May 2011.
Weather conditions: Cloudy with sunny spells.
Temperature: Air: 13 – 14 °C, Track: 20 – 24 °C
Results and summary of World Superbike race 2 at Miller Motorsports Park:
Carlos Checa has rounded off a perfect weekend at Miller Motorsports Park by taking an utterly commanding victory in race 2. With his victory, he has extended his championship lead to 61 points, and heads back to next week's meeting at Misano in charge of the WSBK title race.
Results and summary of Race 1 for the World Superbikes at Miller Motorsports Park:
Carlos Checa has taken victory in the first World Superbike race at Miller, and taken it very much in the manner expected after practice, by a very comfortable margin. On a largely dry track, the Althea Ducati rider took an early lead, controlled the race from the front, and went unchallenged for the win.
Marco Simoncelli has been called to face Race Direction at Barcelona, to answer questions about the incident between himself and Dani Pedrosa at the Le Mans Round of MotoGP. Below is the official press release, analysis to follow:
Statement from the MotoGP Race Direction
The Race Direction will call Italian rider Marco Simoncelli during the Catalunya Grand Prix this week, to further discuss the incident during the MotoGP race at the French Grand Prix in Le Mans.
A drop or two of rain always adds an extra dimension to motorcycle racing, and Sunday at Miller saw more than a drop or two of rain. That rain had a pretty big impact on the order, with riders such as BMW's Leon Haslam, who had struggled in the dry, suddenly finding themselves near the very top in the morning downpour, then dropping back as the conditions improved a little.
Press releases from the World Superbike teams after Sunday's rain-drenched qualifying at Miller:
FABRIZIO ON 4TH ROW AT MILLER WSBK
Team Suzuki Press Office - May 29.
Team Alstare Suzuki's Michel Fabrizio was unable to master the tricky conditions in Superpole today at Miller Motorsports Park in Salt Lake City and will have to start tomorrow's 21-lap races from the fourth row of the grid.