2011 MotoGP Jerez Friday Round Up - The Slippery Slope

It's Friday, the bikes have been out on track, and very much as expected, the Repsol Hondas are a class apart. Or rather, two of them are, Casey Stoner going fastest in the morning, while Dani Pedrosa topped the timesheets in the afternoon. The third member of the Repsol Honda team had a day to forget: after a crash in the morning, Andrea Dovizioso lost all confidence in the front end of his RC212V, and struggled for the rest of the day. "We don't need to study what happened," Dovizioso said, "we just need to stop and forget all about it."

2011 Moto2 And 125 Jerez Friday Press Releases

Press releases from the 125 and Moto2 teams after practice on Friday at Jerez:


Strong wind doesn't hold Luis Salom (4th) back in Jerez

The second Grand Prix of the season is traditionally held on the beautiful Spanish circuit of Jerez. During the first two free practice sessions of the Gran Premio bwin De España RW Racing GP rider Luis Salom rode to a respectable fourth place.

2011 MotoGP Jerez Press Releases Friday

Press releases from the MotoGP teams after the first day of practice at Jerez:


Edwards and Crutchlow make promising start in Jerez

The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team kicked off the European phase of the 2011 MotoGP World Championship in Jerez today, with Colin Edwards and Cal Crutchlow both posting competitive times on the opening day of practice.

In warm but windy conditions at the 2.748 miles circuit, Edwards set a best time of 1.41.063 to finish tenth overall on combined times.

2011 Jerez MotoGP FP2 Result: Repsols Still Lead, Lorenzo Closer

Dani Pedrosa took his turn at the front in the second session of free practice at Jerez, the Repsol Honda rider finishing a couple of tenths ahead of his teammate Casey Stoner. Jorge Lorenzo ended the session in 3rd, just edging Marco Simoncelli. Valentino Rossi headed up a close group in 5th, the Marlboro Ducati rider ending just a few hundredths ahead of Randy de Puniet, Ben Spies and Nicky Hayden.

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2011 Jerez 125cc FP2 Result: Cortese Finally Faster Than Terol

For the first time during the 2011 season, somebody has finished ahead of Nico Terol. Sandro Cortese, the man who has been closest to the Bankia Aspar rider, finally took top spot ahead of Terol, and by a respectable margin. Cortese got into the 1'48s, while Terol, Hector Faubel and a surprising Luis Salom could only manage 1'49s. The gaps are large, however, with Cortese half a second ahead of Terol, who is in turn six tenths quicker than Faubel.

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2011 Jerez Moto2 FP1 Result: Luthi Leads The Pack

Thomas Luthi led the way after the first session of free practice for the Moto2 class at Jerez, posting a blistering lap early on that took the rest of the field most of the session to get close to. Luthi's advantage was 1.5 seconds for most of the 45-minute practice, with riders only closing the gap towards the end. Stefan Bradl took 2nd in the end, finishing ahead of Alex de Angelis and Simone Corsi.

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2011 Jerez MotoGP FP1 Result - Hondas Lead, Rossi Follows

Casey Stoner topped the first session of practice for the MotoGP class at Jerez, just edging ahead of his Repsol Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa. The two Repsols were a cut above the rest of the field, led by a surprisingly strong Valentino Rossi, the Italian putting his Ducati into 3rd half a second behind Stoner and Pedrosa. Two more Hondas filled out the top six, with Marco Simoncelli in 4th and Andrea Dovizioso in 6th, while Jorge Lorenzo could only manage the 5th fastest spot.

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2011 Jerez 125cc FP1 Result: It's That Man Again - Terol Takes Six Tenths

Nico Terol once again blitzed the 125s, putting six tenths of a second on the rest of the field during the first session of free practice for the 125cc class. Sandro Cortese, Efren Vazquez and Hector Faubel followed, in an all too familiar pattern.

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2011 MotoGP Jerez Thursday Round Up - Patience, Patients And Parts

In the heart of Spain, all talk is naturally of Spanish riders, and the man who has been at the center of a veritable media - and medical - whirlwind is Dani Pedrosa. Since the numbness and weakness in his arm reappeared at the race in Qatar, a result of the broken collarbone he suffered at Motegi last year, the Spaniard has undergone a series of tests and examinations to try and get to the root cause of the problem. And as a result, has faced enormous media scrutiny about the issue as well.

Pedrosa To Undergo Surgery After Jerez To Relieve Shoulder Problem

The recurrence of arm numbness and weakness which Dani Pedrosa suffered at the MotoGP season opener at Qatar was cause for much concern in the Repsol Honda camp. The problem came about after Pedrosa broke his collarbone at Motegi, when the throttle stuck open on his RC212V during practice. After the injury, Pedrosa was flown home to Spain, where he had a titanium plate fitted to fix the collarbone.

2011 MotoGP Jerez Preview - The Party At The End Of The World

There is something unreal about the first race of the year at Qatar. The combination of the dazzling lights illuminating the desert, the strange, vampire-like day-night rhythm imposed by the night race, and the absence of crowds at the track makes the whole affair feel like it must have been a dream.

How different, then, is the event at Jerez? Hot Spanish sunshine, a paddock full of trucks, teams and hospitality, and 120,000 screaming, passionate fans. It is a heady mix, and feels like the real start to the season. MotoGP truly gets kickstarted at Jerez.

Repsol Team Launch - Pedrosa, Stoner, Dovizioso And Marquez Visit Petroleum Plant

The official press release of the Repsol launch at Repsol's Puertollano plant in central Spain:


Repsol presented in Puertollano its sporting assets for 2011

Dani Pedrosa, Andrea Dovizioso, Casey Stoner, Marc Márquez, Toni Bou, Laia Sanz, Takahisa Fujinami and Nani Roma took part in a day full of activities linked to the competition that culminated with the Repsol Honda Team launch

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