WINNER – Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha Factory Racing)
“What an amazing race! I put everything I have, all my energy into the track, this victory is because I never gave up, kept pushing and trying. Casey was very strong at the beginning and opened a gap. Fortunately for us he struggled at the end and dropped his pace where I could keep mine so I managed to pass him. I am very grateful to Yamaha because they have made a big step this winter on the YZR-M1.”
2nd – Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda)
“I’m very happy with this result because we have been able to turn around all the problems we had during the weekend. After a good pre season we got here and everything went wrong: I had flu and a fever, I crashed on Friday, then the qualifying practice was a disaster… So, it’s very good to leave here with this podium, even if I feel little bit sad because I thought I could win this race, I had it in my hands for a while.
The team did a fantastic job and we saw things very different after warm up; then I managed a perfect start which was a key moment in the race, and I was able to stay with Casey [Stoner] and Jorge [Lorenzo]. In the end, with 4 laps to go I tried to take the lead, but Lorenzo was cleverer than me this time and choose a better strategy. I passed him but he overtook me immediately and also Casey, then I was behind Casey for 1 lap and lost contact with Jorge. Anyway, it’s a good start to the season and we will try to do better in Jerez.”
3rd – Casey Stoner (Repsol Honda)
“It wasn’t really the way we wanted to finish the race weekend here, after FP3 and Qualifying it was always going to be a tough race for us but in the end it came in the wrong areas. The bike was working well for us, I definitely had the package and the pace to lead the field which was really positive. However, I suffered from really bad arm pump. After three or four laps I felt it but it gradually got worse, I tried to pull a little gap from Jorge [Lorenzo] and Dani [Pedrosa] and put in the minimal effort possible to retain the gap and try and win, but as the race continued it got worse and worse and eventually the muscles had nothing more to give. I couldn’t hold onto the handle bars properly and it made things really difficult so it was a disappointing race for this reason, but for many other technical reasons it was very promising.”
4th – Cal Crutchlow (Moster Yamaha Tech3)
“That was a great way to start the season but it was a really tough race. I didn’t make a great start and lost a few positions and that is a bit disappointing because I’m sure I could have been much closer to the top three. I wouldn’t have been fighting with them but I lost a bit of time and the gap to them could have been halved. It was a great battle with Andrea and I enjoyed it. I learned a lot as well because he has a lot of experience and it was a game of cat and mouse for a long time. I knew I could pass him but I also knew that he would be able to sit right on my tail, so I just waited for the right moment and made a good move on Andrea. After that I just got my head down and concentrated on being consistent and not making a mistake so I didn’t give him a chance to pass me back. The good thing about tonight is I backed up all the good performances in winter testing and being close to the front with my best MotoGP race. I know I was fourth in Valencia last season but the conditions were tricky and not everybody finished. This was a true result and I am delighted too for my Monster Yamaha Tech 3 crew. They have given me amazing support and this result gives us all a lot of confidence to take to Jerez.”
5th – Andrea Dovizioso (Moster Yamaha Tech3)
“Fifth place is not a bad result but I can’t be happy. I think it is mainly down to my lack of experience of racing the Yamaha and tonight I learned a lot that will make us stronger for the next race in Jerez. I really wanted to do a great job but I couldn’t for a few reasons. On one hand I have still not fully mastered the Yamaha and on the other hand I think I didn’t get the best set-up with the chassis or the electronics and I’m sure I could have got a much better result. I lost quite a bit of time passing Spies and that meant I could not even try and push to be with the leading group. It was a pity also that I couldn’t keep fourth from Cal but I didn’t feel confident in the final part of the race. Take nothing away from him though because he did a very good job. I will try to use this experience in a posi tive way because my Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team did a great job to help me to understand the bike as fast as possible and I am sure we will be stronger in Jerez.”
6th – Nicky Hayden (Ducati Team)
“I felt we had the potential to run with Dovizioso and Crutchlow, but considering my injuries and limited testing over the winter, I guess sixth is pretty good. I lost some positions at the beginning because I got hung up behind Spies and wasn’t very good on the brakes, but as the race went on, I managed my tyre well and got stronger. That group I was in was fighting hard, and I was happy to bring Bradl back and come out on top of that battle. We put some good points on the board, got some data and learned a lot from riding with other people. I’m excited for the season. I think if we improve some things, we have the potential to put up some good results. I’d like to thank the team, the sponsors and everybody back at Ducati for all their work, because we’ve clearly taken a step forward since last year.”
7th – Álvaro Bautista (San Carlo Honda Gresini)
Abbiamo finito abbastanza bene dopo un fine settimana complicato durante il quale abbiamo avuto molti problemi. Non avevamo confidenza con la gomma davanti e questa mattina a complicare le cose è arrivata anche una caduta nel corso del warm up. Questa mattina volevamo provare una soluzione ma sono caduto appena uscito dal box forse perché le gomme erano ancora fredde o per un altro motivo che non mi riesco a spiegare. Per questo motivo non siamo riusciti a provare niente così ho fatto la gara con la stessa configurazione dei test invernali facendo con questa moto soltanto i due ultimi giri del warm up con poco feeling in conseguenza della caduta naturalmente. In gara però volevo fare meglio possibile anche se sapevo di non avere la moto che desideravo. Ho fatto una buona partenza e ho cercato di rimanere con buon gruppo lottando fino alla fine per la sesta posizione terminando settimo per soli 33 millesimi. Ci mancava ancora un po’ di fiducia davanti ed un po’ di velocità in uscita di curva che sicuramente mi sarebbe servita nella volata con Hayden. Comunque sono contento perché era da Aragon dello scorso anno che non finivo una gara e per me era importante riuscirci. Devo ringraziare tutta la squadra perché hanno lavorato tantissimo per darmi una moto con la quale riuscissi ad avere confidenza mi trovo molto bene con loro e miglioreremo ancora nelle prossime gare. ”
8th – Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda)
“I am very happy and we are doing a good job as all the week end was very positive for us. My start was perfect but maybe I was a little bit too careful in the first laps but I really could see this is a different category compared to Moto2 and the guys are more clever with the new tyres. I was able to follow the fastest guys, not for the whole race, but I was capable to do my own race quite well. At the end I went in the wrong direction with the brake lever adjuster and this cost us half a second and this is the reason way Hayden, Barbera and Bautista caught me. They are also more experienced than me on used tyres at the end of the race but overall this is an exciting week end for us. I was also expecting to be more exhausted after 22 laps but I am ok”.
9th – Héctor Bárbera (Pramac Ducati Team)
“Overall i’m pleased with the result of the race. I enjoyed a lot riding on this track. It’ a pity for not a good start because my race pace was around a 5th or 6th position.
When i tryed to play me the 6th position i made a mistake, losing the track and also some positions.
My GP12 had a good tune-up for this race and i could have ended up as the first Ducati’s rider if i didn’t make a mistake.
Anyway my feeling with this bike it’s very positive and i’m sure that during this 2012 season i ‘m going to be able to achieve some consistent results.
The next race is scheduled in two weeks in Jerez De La Frontera, where we have worked well during the winter test so i’m confident about it.”
10th – Valentino Rossi (Ducati Team)
“Unfortunately, I lost a lot of time in the beginning because when I had new tyres with good grip, the rear pushed a lot, making it very difficult under braking. Then Barbera pushed me off the track and I lost five or six seconds. Otherwise, I could have stayed with that group. As the tyre became used and began to slide, I started to ride a bit better and to do better times, to the point that I matched my best time on the last lap. By that point though, it didn’t count for much.”