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Glory for Casey and sadness for Dani in Phillip Island

Today, the Repsol Honda team has tasted glory and disappointment in equal measures at the Australian Grand Prix. The glory, seeing the 2011 World Champion, Casey Stoner, celebrating victory at his last home race of his career, with a sixth consecutive win at Phillip Island, the fifth of the 2012 season and 45th of his career, 38 of them in MotoGP.

On the flip side, there was huge disappointment for the Repsol Honda Team as title contender Dani Pedrosa crashed out on the second lap in a race he was pushing to win, despite the incredible domaination his teammate Casey showed throughout the weekend.

Dani took the lead on the first lap, overtaking Lorenzo in Turn 4, and in that same turn, a lap later, he lost the front and his race and title hopes were over. Casey started to increase his amazing pace lap by lap to take the checkered flag 9.2 seconds ahead of Jorge Lorenzo, who with this result was crowned MotoGP World Champion. The Repsol Honda riders have now consolidated t…

Sensational pole position for Casey and important first row for Dani

Casey Stoner left no room for a surprise in today's qualifying practice at Phillip Island and will start his final Australian Grand Prix of his career from pole position. The 2011 World Champion, aiming for his sixth successive win at his home Grand Prix, will start in front of Spanish duo, Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa, second and third respectively, who continue to fight for the MotoGP World Championship.

The qualifying practice was a repetition of the previous four years: Casey setting the pace and the rest of the field chasing the Australian hero, who has been unstoppable during the whole weekend. Despite a crash on Turn 4, on his out lap of his third run, Casey didn't lose too much confidence and continued to improve his times to secure pole position with 1'29.623, his fifth of the 2012 season and fifth successive in Phillip Island.

The penultimate round of the season will see Dani Pedrosa starting from the front row for the eleventh race in a row. Dani,…

King Casey fastest on Day 1 in Phillip Island with Dani in 2nd

Today the first day of the Australian Grand Prix saw Repsol Honda's Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa topping the time sheets at Phillip Island. Casey set the best lap time of 1'29.999, faster than the circuit record (Nicky Hayden, 1'30.059 in 2008), with Dani in second position, 0.8 tenths off the Australian hero with 1'30.884.

Casey began his mission to take the victory on his last career appearance at Phillip Island, while Dani aims to keep his current momentum and finish in front of Jorge Lorenzo again to bring the fight for the championship to the last round in Valencia.

The action will continue tomorrow with the last free practice in the morning and qualifying in the afternoon, but the Repsol Honda Team garage will be busy early in the morning to prepare a Honda RC213V for a demonstration run with Mick Doohan, the five time 500cc World Champion, at 09h15 local time.
CASEY STONER1st1'29.999"It was a very positive first day, we were pretty quick to …

Phillip Island's Master - Casey Stoner - Honoured at 'Stoner Corner'

Australia’s two-time MotoGP world champion Casey Stoner has been honoured today with a slice of his favourite Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit, the high speed turn three – the site of so many of Stoner’s thrilling sliding manoeuvres – to be now known as “Stoner Corner”.

The naming announced today by Andrew Fox of circuit owners, the Linfox Property Group, is in recognition of Stoner’s sensational road racing career and total dominance of Phillip Island from 2007 where he has claimed five consecutive MotoGP victories.

Apart from turn one, which is already named after five-time world 500 GP champion Mick Doohan, Stoner was given free rein by the Fox family and the Phillip Island circuit management to choose what part of the circuit would have his imprint – and without hesitation he nominated turn three, a fast downhill left-hander which MotoGP riders hit at over 250km/h. And the turn’s a constant reminder of Stoner’s sublime talent as he ‘hangs’ the rear tyre out lap after la…

Dramatic MotoGP season continues in Phillip Island

With five wins in the last six races for Dani Pedrosa and a podium finish for Casey Stoner in Sepang, the Repsol Honda Team head to Phillip Island for the Australian Grand Prix looking to close these three consecutive fly away races on a high. Dani is fighting stronger than ever to keep the title battle alive and Casey is aiming to take his sixth victory in a row at his home track before leaving the sport after Valencia.

Dani's six wins and fourteen podiums from 16 races place him second in the championship, 23 points off Jorge Lorenzo and with 50 more on offer in the last two races. He returns to Australia, where he celebrated his two 250cc World Championship in 2004 and 2005, with only one thing in mind: to keep this momentum and once again finsh in front of Lorenzo in the penultimate round of the season.

It will also be a very special weekend in Phillip Island for team mate Casey Stoner. Casey set his sights on retuning to action at the Australian Grand Prix after he was injure…

Front row start for Pedrosa in 2nd with Stoner on the second row in 4th

Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa will start tomorrow's Malaysian Grand Prix from 2nd place on the front row, his thirteenth front row start of the season, as he pursues Lorenzo in the chase for the 2012 World Championship. Team mate Casey Stoner will start from 4th, missing out on the front row by just two tenths of a second.

In an intense Qualifying session, which fortunately remained dry, the riders traded the top four spots throughout the session in the end Dani lost out on pole by just 0.194 seconds to Championship rival Lorenzo. With less than half a second separating the top four riders, Casey was unfortunate to miss out on the front row as he fights to return to full strength in just his second GP after his absence from three races due to injury.

The weather will play an important role in tomorrow's 21 lap race as the race will start at 16h00 local time - a time when rain showers are a common occurrence.

DANI PEDROSA2nd 2'00.528"It was hard because w…

Pedrosa and Stoner up front on Day 1 in Sepang #motogp

Fresh from victory in Motegi last week, the Repsol Honda Team continued to top the time sheets at the Sepang circuit today. Dani Pedrosa took first position recording a best lap time of 2'01.621 with Casey Stoner in second, only 0.152 off Pedrosa with 2'01.773.

It's been a typical first day of free practice for the Malaysian Grand Prix, with high temperatures and humidity in the morning session and sporadic heavy showers arriving in the afternoon which reduced time on track. The Repsol Honda riders didn't complete a flying lap in the afternoon as the track was wet at the beginning but as the session progressed areas began to dry up creating awkward 50/50 conditions.

Anyway, the weekend has started very positive for Dani and Casey, both riding under the current circuit record in the dry conditions set by Stoner in 2007 (2'02.108). The team will be aiming to make the most of tomorrow's last free practice to be ready for a strong qualifying session.
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Fresh from victory in Japan, Repsol Honda arrive in Malaysia

The Repsol Honda Team have landed in Kuala Lumpur, straight from Japan, to prepare for the sixteenth round of the 2012 MotoGP season. The Malaysian Grand Prix weekend will begin at 16h00 on Thursday afternoon when the entire paddock will assemble at the scene of the tragic accident that took Marco Simoncelli's life at this Grand Prix last year, to honour the much loved Italian rider.

Upbeat after his stunning victory at Motegi, his 20th win in MotoGP and 43rd in his career, Dani Pedrosa will once again be one of the favourites for the victory in Sepang. He hasn't raced in Malaysia since 2009 -the race was cancelled last year and he missed 2010 due to injury- but the Spaniard has an impressive record at this track with two victories (2003 in 125cc and 2004 in 250cc) and four podiums in MotoGP. He currently lies 28 points off Jorge Lorenzo in the race to the MotoGP title and will be aiming to again finish in front of his countryman to keep his championship hopes ali…

Fantastic win for Pedrosa in Motegi with impressive 5th for Stoner

Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa clinched victory for the second year in a row in Honda's backyard in Motegi, with team mate Casey Stoner holding on to take 5th.

It is Dani's fifth win of 2012 - his record in MotoGP, and he also equals his podium record in a single season (13 in 2004). It is another important points haul as he chases down current Championship leader Jorge Lorenzo in the fight for the 2012 MotoGP title, with just three rounds now remaining. With Lorenzo leading from pole, the two Spaniards ran away from the rest of the pack. Dani matched Lorenzo lap for lap, not allowing him to pull an advantage, and recorded a new record race lap of 1'45.589 on lap 4. Then on lap 11 Dani made his move and lead the race to the chequered flag, winning by 4.275 seconds and marking a new record race time of 42'31.569. With this victory, Dani maintains his position as the only rider to record victories at Motegi in all three classes.

In his first race back sinc…

Front row start for Pedrosa in Japan, Stoner in 7th

In a very exciting qualifying session for the Grand Prix of Japan, the Repsol Honda Team finished with Dani Pedrosa in second position and Casey Stoner in seventh.

Dani, who in the morning session set the fastest time of the combined free practices, missed the pole position in the dying seconds of qualifying but, with a lap time of 1'45.215, will start from the front row of the grid for the ninth race in a row, maintaining his chase of Jorge Lorenzo -today on pole- in the fight for the MotoGP title.

On the weekend of his return to competition, after missing the past three races due to his ankle injury, Casey Stoner saw progression throughout all the sessions but took a wrong direction in the set up of his RC213V in the latter stage of qualifying. Although still not comfortable on the bike, Casey has been able to lap three tenths under the circuit record (1'45.745) and will try his best starting from seventh on the grid tomorrow.

DANI PEDROSA2nd 1'45.215"I…

Dani starts on top at Motegi with Casey in seventh

The Repsol Honda Team has indicated the reference on the first day of free practice for the Grand Prix of Japan, with Dani Pedrosa on top and Casey Stoner in seventh position.

Dani maintained his recent momentum and set the fastest time of the day with 1'46.088 in FP2 where he tested both hard and soft compound Bridgestone rear tyres in a perfect day at Motegi, with temperatures reaching 23 degrees. Dani already lapped within the circuit record that he set last year with 1'46.090.

Casey, on return to competition after his injury that has kept him inactive since Indianapolis, had a difficult morning after an unusual failure left him with only one bike from the beginning of the session. The Australian also experienced issues in the afternoon session and lost valuable track time as he reacquainted himself with his Honda RC213V and adapted to riding with his healing ankle. He finished the day in seventh position, 0.890 off his team mate, hoping his ankle will ease sl…

Repsol Honda Team heads East for decisive final races

This weekend The Repsol Honda Team return to full strength with Dani Pedrosa and Casey Stoner for the Japanese Grand Prix, the 15th round of the MotoGP Championship.

Dani, who has won three of the last four races, currently lies 2nd in the Championship and is chasing down Lorenzo. He will be looking to repeat his 2011 victory in Motegi and reduce the 33 point gap with just 4 races of 2012 remaining. Dani has won at Motegi in all three classes, 125cc (2002), 250cc (2004) and MotoGP (2011).

Casey, who has missed the last three Grands Prix due to an injury sustained in qualifying for the Indianapolis Grand Prix in August, will be anxious to get back on track and asses the movement in his right ankle. Casey had surgery on the 30th August and has been recovering at home in Australia with his target to be fit for the final races of 2012. With 186 points Casey is mathematically out of the Championship race but he will want to finish on a high before he retires from the sport. …