Catalunya MOTOgp 2012

Catalunya: It’s likely to stay this tight for the duration of the race

After the watery drama that unfolded in Le Mans last weekend, both manufacturers and racers alike will be hoping for some Spanish sun as MotoGP heads to the Costa Brava.

Catalunya has a lot to live up to after such an exciting showing in France – the highlight of which surely has to be Stoner’s epic battle with Rossi.

Wheel to wheel for a large percentage of the race, Rossi just clinched second place from Stoner on the final lap, eventually finishing 10 seconds behind race winner Jorge Lorenzo on the Yamaha.

It was a double blow for Stoner as Rossi’s overtake on the final lap not only condemned the Australian to third place, but also cost him his position at the top of the Riders’ Championship.

What can we expect in Catalunya?

We can expect thrills and probably spills in Catalunya. Just think back to 2006 when Melandri, Capirossi, Pedrosa, Hopkins, De Puniet and Gibernau all crashed out on the first corner.

The track lends itself to danger due to the lack of passing opportunities so there’s no doubt we’re in for an exciting race.

Let’s hope that all the teams have adequate motorcycle insurance or they could be in for a seriously expensive weekend.

The opening lap is going to be important. The first corner even more so. So it’s likely that whoever emerges in the lead at the end of lap one will go on to victory.

The win could go to any rider if previous results are anything to go by. Lorenzo and Stoner have been mainstays on the podium with respective wins in 2010 and 2011, but nobody has truly dominated the circuit.

Judging by the showings so far and the current standings, it’s hard to see past a victory for either the Yamaha or Repsol Honda teams.

Ducati could cause a real upset if Valentino can continue the form that he has shown in the lead up to Catalunya.

Rossi’s form has been gradually improving over the first four races of 2012; with a 10th, a 9th, a 7th in Estoril and then last week 2nd place at Le Mans. So nobody should write off a Ducati and Rossi victory.

However, the evident speed that Lorenzo and Stoner possess on their respective Yamaha and Repsol Honda will make it an unlikely feat.

Solid starts to the season for Crutchlow, Davizioso and Pedrosa mean that either of these riders has a chance of causing a shock.

All in all it’s shaping up to be the race of the season so make sure you’re tuned in on Sunday June 3rd to watch all of the action as it unfolds!

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