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2011 MotoGP Aragon Photo Gallery

View photos and images from the 2011 Gran Premio de Aragón at the Aragon circuit in Spain.

Casey Stoner - Aragon MotoGP Practice 2011
Dani Pedrosa - Aragon MotoGP Practice 2011
Casey Stoner has the third-fastest lap with a time of 1'50.806.
Marc Marquez had the best lap during Moto2 practice and was just 0.023 seconds faster than Aleix Espargaro.
Andrea Dovizioso - Aragon MotoGP Practice 2011
Valentino Rossi: "“I don’t think it’s ever happened before that we couldn’t do a session because the electricity was out! Joking aside, it’s really a shame. For us it was important to test normally instead of just having a long session tomorrow, because you still lose a quarter of an hour in total, and the type of work that you can do is different, more limited."
Nicky Hayden: "I think I was the only guy who used the same rear tyre the whole session, and I was able to click off three 51s there at the end. I was looking forward to riding this afternoon, but unfortunately it was cancelled. I hope they get it sorted out overnight, as it wasn’t good for anybody, but there’s no need to dwell on it."
Valentino Rossi was adjusting to his new aluminum chassis during practice on Friday, placing eighth in the timesheets behind teammate Nicky Hayden.
Nicky Hayden had a strong session near the end after making a series of setup changes during Friday's practice.
Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo finished 0.449 seconds behind Pedrosa with Casey Stoner less than a tenth behind.
Yamaha's Ben Spies held the third-fastest lap before the field switched to faster rubber toward the end of the sesson.
Honda's Casey Stoner set the fastest pace during qualifying at Aragon by nearly three-tenths ahead of Dani Pedrosa.
Yamaha's Ben Spies will make an appearance on the front row after securing third place in qualifying ahead of Jorge Lorenzo.
After crashing during qualifying Valentino Rossi will have to use his seventh engine on Sunday and start from pit lane.
Marc Marquez: "The new swingarm I am using makes things easier, especially turning. So far everything looks okay, but we will see how the grip feels in warm-up, because it looks like there’s some wind and weather coming."
Dani Pedrosa - 2011 MotoGP Aragon Qualifying
Casey Stoner - 2011 MotoGP Aragon Qualifying
Casey Stoner landed the 100th victory for his team at Aragon and now leads the series by 44 points.
Ben Spies (above) had a strong start but eventually finished fifth after having problems with grip.
For the first time in his career Jorge Lorenzo was on the podium at the Aragon circuit after finishing third.
Casey Stoner: ""Before the race everyone was a little cautious with the wind picking up after the morning warm up session and conditions being a lot different to those we have seen all weekend. This was on our mind and also warming the hard tires to makes sure everything was good for the beginning of the race."
Alvaro Bautista: "It [6th place] was a good result, but I think if the conditions had been the same as qualifying we had the potential to be with the group fighting for podium positions. I am happy with all we have done this weekend and looking forward to the next race and to continue with this work.”
Casey Stoner: "I passed Dani as soon as I could and tried to pull that gap, Dani kept with me for the first few laps but slowly I was able to push and put in a gap and from there manage the race."
Casey Stoner - 2011 MotoGP Aragon
Cal Crutchlow: "I'm really pleased with how the race went today because I was back inside the top and having a really good and enjoyable fight with two of the best riders on the grid, who have had a lot of success in Grand Prix racing."
Dani Pedrosa: ""We already saw in practice that Casey [Stoner] was very fast here and it was also like this in the race. I was loosing some tenths in the first sector and I was unable to reduce the gap in the other parts of the lap. The second half of the race I was sliding all the time and I had some fun, but it was a shame not to be closer to Casey."
Andrea Dovizioso - 2011 Aragon MotoGP
Andrea Dovizioso: "Leaving Aragon without scoring any points is so bad for the Championship. We are still third with fifteen points advantage over Dani [Pedrosa], but now we need to return on the podium and have good results."
Colin Edwards: "“That certainly wasn't a great way to celebrate my 150th race in MotoGP. We tried to get the bike right all weekend but we were pretty much chasing our tails the whole time."
Nicky Hayden: "I had a good start and was decent at the very beginning. We knew tyre wear was going to be an issue, and we had a drop in performance after the first couple of laps. It lost grip, and I also wasn’t able to load the bike well for turning. I was okay in parts of the track, but compared to the fast guys, I was losing time in the last corner."
Jorge Lorenzo: "We struggled a lot from the beginning of the race, losing positions and having to recover step by step. We couldn’t get more than a podium; that is the best result we could get today!"
Jorge Lorenzo's garage anxiously watching the race at Aragon unfold.
Hiroshi Aoyama (#7): “It was a nice race and a fun battle with Rossi and Crutchlow. The final position isn’t great but I am happy with the way I rode in difficult conditions with much less grip than yesterday, which made it tough. Valentino, Cal and I passed each other a few times and it was great fun."
Marco Simoncelli: "I am pleased with this result – we had to grit our teeth and I’m sure that even without the mistake I wouldn’t have been challenging for the podium anyway. Lorenzo was faster than me on used tires so no complaints there. I didn’t get a great start but I managed to get into my rhythm quickly and make some passes to get up to third place."
Marco Simoncelli - 2011 Aragon MotoGP
Loris Capirossi (#65) sustained a dislocated shoulder after colliding with Toni Elias (#24).
Dani Pedrosa - 2011 Aragon MotoGP
Valentino Rossi: "It was definitely a difficult race, even if objectively speaking, we could have done a little better than we did. We used the setup from yesterday morning, with which I had done some good laps with a very used tire. Unfortunately, in the race the rear tire was sliding much more than it did in practice. It was almost used up just when I was catching Nicky and his group."
Valentino Rossi - 2011 Aragon MotoGP
Ben Spies: “It was definitely a difficult race, even if objectively speaking, we could have done a little better than we did. We used the setup from yesterday morning, with which I had done some good laps with a very used tire. Unfortunately, in the race the rear tire was sliding much more than it did in practice. It was almost used up just when I was catching Nicky and his group."
Casey Stoner: "I think everyone was struggling with tires to some degree but the bike was fantastic and I don't mind the bike when it slides around a little! A big, big thank you to the whole team and to take this hundredth win for Repsol Honda is something special."
Jorge Lorenzo: "At least I got the podium I couldn't get last year. We are still fighting for the Championship and that's the most important thing, we are going to Japan with hope still alive."