Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa are both excited to get out on track this weekend with both describing the Catalunya Grand Prix as one of their favourites on the calendar. Stoner trails Jorge Lorenzo by eight points after finishing third in the wet at Le Mans last time out but expects the Honda RC213V to be right on the pace if it stays dry.
“Catalunya is one of my favourite races and it was the first major grand prix circuit I tested on. Ever since that moment I fell in love with the track, the big fast sweeping corners there’s a lot of control in the middle of the turn trying to get grip for the exit. We know the Honda works well here and we had a good race here last year, I just hope this weekend will be dry, that would be great! After the race we have a test on Monday. I really hope the weather is good for us as it’s an important test going forward for the remainder of the season”.
Barcelona represents the closest race to home for Pedrosa and is eager to race in front of his local supporters after missing the race through injury last year.
“Catalunya is, obviously, one of my favourite races because all my family, friends and fans are there supporting me and it’s a very special date on the calendar. I’m really looking forward to getting there after missing the race last year. I want to feel the atmosphere again and I’m very excited and motivated to do well and fight for victory. Catalunya is a hard track because normally it is hot, but it would be good to have good weather for a change! The test on Monday will be also very important for the team. Catalunya is a very good track to test the new tyres because it is one of the circuits where you stay on the edge of the tyre longer and a long time turning right, you need good feeling in the front. It will be important to have a good test to arrive at Silverstone with the best information possible”.