Stefan Bradl sat quietly under the bright, warm sun and cloudless sky this past Monday waiting for his tires to warm up. The 2011 Moto2 world champion was at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California, to learn the 11-turn, 2.238-mile circuit for July’s Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix.
Moto2 and Moto3 don’t race at Mazda Raceway, and many of the younger riders don’t know the tight, twisty track. “I just knew the track from PlayStation,” admitted Bradl, squinting into the sun. “We came to prepare for MotoGP, and I think we will be more ready for it.”
After battling the elements in an incident-strewn Le Mans, the MotoGP™ paddock once again returns to action this weekend at the Gran Premi Aperol de Catalunya, where current championship leader Jorge Lorenzo will aim to defend his eight point lead over rival Casey Stoner in front of his home crowd.
Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo retook the championship lead once again at the Monster Energy Grand Prix de France as he dominated in tricky conditions, finishing ahead of Valentino Rossi, who recorded his best Ducati result ever.
Next race: Gran Premi Aperol de Catalunya, June 3
AMA Pro Racing Miller Motorsports Park
Two-time champion Josh Hayes reclaimed the 2012 AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike points lead he surrendered with his Infineon Raceway crash thanks to a perfect-points performance at Miller Motorsport Park yesterday.
Hayes raced into the lead from pole position and was never challenged, opening up almost a half-second gap by the conclusion of the opening lap and only building his advantage from there.
Reigning MotoGP™ World Champion Casey Stoner confirmed on Thursday that he would retire from the sport at the end of the 2012 season.
The Repsol Honda rider addressed the media at the start of the official pre-event press conference for the Monster Energy Grand Prix de France, making a short statement in which he outlined the reasons behind his decision.
Muscle Milk Pickett Racing cruised to its second straight victory in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón on Friday at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. But another thrilling GT battle stole the show as Corvette Racing’s Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner also took their second consecutive class win.
MotoGP Monster Energy Grand Prix de France, Le Mans
In the worst conditions seen all season, it was Repsol Honda Team’s Dani Pedrosa who got off to one of his trademark starts followed by teammate Casey Stoner. Their lead was short lived, as Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo charged past the pair and instantly pulled out a gap. Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Cal Crutchlow also made a good start in fourth, followed by a surging Rossi in fifth.