Lorenzo Sets Sights on Stoner in Spain

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THE MotoGP world championship returns to Spain this weekend for round 14 of the 2011 campaign, the penultimate European race of the season before what is certain to be a title-deciding flyaway series in Japan, Australia and Malaysia.

The impressive MotorLand Aragn circuit, which was only introduced to the calendar last season and was voted IRTA Best Grand Prix of 2010 at its first attempt, will welcome the premier class once more in what will be another important development in the race for this year's Championship title.

Casey Stoner (Repsol Honda) remains 35 points clear at the top of the standings after finishing third in Misano a fortnight ago, where Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo took his third victory of the season. Catching Stoner remains a tough challenge for Lorenzo but the defending champion's determination remains steely with five rounds of the campaign remaining, and this weekend will provide an intriguing latest chapter as Stoner won on the Ducati at Aragn last year whilst Lorenzo placed fourth.

Andrea Dovizioso (Repsol Honda) remains in third position, with almost 40 points either side of him to Lorenzo in second and team-mate Dani Pedrosa in fourth.

The Italian has finished fifth in the previous two races and will be eager to return to the podium, with Pedrosa keen to continue his recent form of four rostrum finishes in the past five races - the latest in Misano was his 95th GP podium. …