MotoGP » ‘Realistic’ Stoner facing a ‘tough job’


The Australian bids to get back on the podium in Spain following a difficult two races in the USA and Italy.

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rick65

September 15, 2010 9:08 AM

One of the fascinations of next year will be the answering of a few questions.
Can Rossi and crew get the Ducati to handle and how long will it take?
Will Stoner be as fast on the Honda as some seem to think?
Looks to me that Stoner is the one with most to lose next year. If he is quick it is the bike, If the Ducati is quick it is Rossi.for these reasons Stoner still has a real incentive to be quick on the Ducati and to win a a race this year.

Darkwaknight

September 15, 2010 9:21 AM

I blame Nicky, since he joined the ducati has been less competative and off the podium (let alone wins) the whole year. Likewise the Honda was the worse bike Honda have ever started a new format with and only now at the hands of Danni is it becoming a monster and winning and Podiums by more than 1 rider. He has given rossi and Burgess the perfect formula to Relive the fantasy of the Yamaha days going to a bike that is Lost in the wilderness and making her perfect and a winner. There is NO DOUBT JB&VR and the engineers have made the YAM the BBOTG and all nicky seems to have done is develop 2 race winners and WC winners into also rans. Not 100% his fault but if the boot fits.. Ducati are thankfull in more ways than one that Rossi and gang are on their way!!

On another note Stoner looks to be a beaten man this year anyway, his head is gone and he is no longer pushing as he understanderbly has lost faith in the machine but he also has to take some flak for that as he could have develope

Wolfy35

September 15, 2010 9:48 AM

I do not think the bike has a problem perse I believe its simpler than that.

For the last few seasons the bike was designed around Stoner in much the same way Ferrari used to design their car around Schumacher. Unlike Ferrari however Ducati need to sell customer bikes in order to help fund racing. Simple fact is that the bike designed around stoner was almost unrideable by anyone else and Ducatis customer teams were about to end their contracts because of it so Ducati changed the bike and engine to make it more user friendly.

The changed bike has been enjoying more success in the hands of all its other riders except Stoner. I believe that it is a case of in this new guise Casey can not gel with the bike in the way he used to.

The real question should be will Casey gel with the Honda. Honda are famous for their "we build the bike you ride it and win" attitude and they have a reputation for not making changes to suit one rider only

dinokpir - Unregistered

September 15, 2010 9:57 AM

that's the spirits casey
but dont push it too hard mate, just let that bike fix with vale, and jerremy burgess next year, and make sure u ride safe so wont get any serious injury, since the bike just not suitable for u regardless what ever the real truth about the bike package

i hope next year honda will suit u !!! as honda right now is getting better and better

Mat123h - Unregistered

September 15, 2010 9:59 AM

I just hope we get exciting, close racing next year. Casey won the championship in his first year on the Ducati on a bike he hadn't helped develop, I'm not taking anything away from his performance because he rode the wheels off it all year, Crashes and illness have been his downfall since. Im a huge Rossi fan but also a huge fan of racing in general so I hope for lots of people fighting for podiums and wins next season :-)

Darkwaknight

September 15, 2010 10:10 AM

Yes and No wolfy. Mika is going worse this year than last (has he even finished a race??) but relatively everyone else is also worse. Last year by now Nicky himself had a podium and Stoner (missing 3 races) had scored 2 wins and 3 podiums. This year they are far from that. AND Mika had scored a best of 8th a couple of times along with canepa. This year he has only managed 1 7th. Nicky has been the most improved but mutiple 4th's do not stand out as much as 1 3rd (just ask sete in 06). Overal the bike is no better for any other rider and only WORSE for stoner so it seems to be a fail as far as development goes IMOP!!

max

September 15, 2010 10:50 AM

I tend to think from what i have seen in the last two years that Stoner is very fast indeed on a track (the fastest, according to me) but mentally not very strong (stronger than me, but not enough to compete a this level I mean: we are talking about moto gp world championship contenders here).He needs to sort that out.

The Ducati is a good bike but won't go any faster or get any more grip if he thinks its a lost cause already.

Honda might be the solution to put his doubts behind and rebuild a challenge but if results don't come fast he will soon be facing the same issues. Confidence in his ability, not only to ride(we all know he can), but to tune the bike to make it a winner is the key for Stoner success.

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