MotoGP » Stoner, de Puniet clash 'under investigation'

Casey Stoner fastest during warm-up for the French MotoGP at Le Mans, round four of the 2011 world championship - but...

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May 15, 2011 11:53 AM

Bad situation arose in a split second. Easy to say afterwards what could have been done better. Years ago a certain Mr Sheene came hammering out of a corner and ran into the back of a 125cc. (in those days different classes shared the track in practice sessions) Barry's resulting injuries were horrific so I wouldn't be too quick to blame Casey for his reaction, wrong as it was.
Randy I have simpathy with too. Simply walking on the pavement toward someone creates a little dance. They move left for you, you move right for them. You both realise your error and both move the other way....and so on.
Race direction had to be seen as doing something. It should have been 2seconds to impose the fine, followed by a 30min chat over a cup of tea. Job done.

KING27 - Unregistered

May 15, 2011 12:22 PM

If Stoner had to get a fine then so should have Depuniet.Interesting the Rossi supporters that like to attack Stoner here whenever they can all come out of the woodwork for this.Don't take your painful season out on Stoner..oh it's too late for that.Sad bunch.
Stoner will be even more fired up now if that was possible.Almost guarentee he will stomp all now.
That is going to be a great response.Course the sad bunch will try to keep the focus on this issue.
Regardless Stoner will be world champion you can see that a mile away.Rossi will continue to fail.Win/win hahha.

Daddy_Yankee - Unregistered

May 15, 2011 12:31 PM

you people have no common sense arguing that the fine was unfair. Yeah I think it was unfair by letting him race today. What if RdP bike stalled? Should every rider have the right to punch someone because of stalls or loss of grip? This was a warm up and under control conditions. The fact is Stoner thinks he a perfect queen in her own castle, and clearly the sport can do with out him no matter how fast he is.

KING27 - Unregistered

May 15, 2011 12:51 PM

Actually I just got to see it.Stoner of course would be very angry and DePuniet certainly should have been fined even more so.Outrageous bullshit.
Come to expect this crap unfortunately.Stoner going at high speed and to have that happen he did well not too smash that asshole act.Of course it was unintentional but also very careless and it could have been devastating.Stoner kept his cool quite well considering.Crutchlow came out in support of Stoner on twitter too.

Major Rossi Fan - Unregistered

May 15, 2011 3:51 PM

Looking at it earlier on TV and going on the commentary, RdP seems to look back, saw Casey coming
and moved out of the way (or so he thought). It seems
to me that he though Casey was going to pass him on
his left so he moved accordingly but Casey seems to
have went to the right so Randy was blocking him.
Just my opinion but it didn't look intentional.
Casey still had a perfect race and had a great result.
He is not making any friends with his outbursts but
he's certainly racing very well this year. He will be
very hard to beat.

bozgp - Unregistered

May 16, 2011 1:17 AM

I don't think either one of the guys involved is as upset as some of you commenting here. RdP knew he was wrong and admitted it. Casey probably got over it soon after. The situation could have ended very badly and it would not have been because of the punch on the shoulder. The consequence of RdPs actions could have been detrimental, whereas the consequence of Casey's action is bad publicity. If fines are dealt in order for a lesson to be learnt, then both of them should have been pentalized.

Looking at all the comments, it seems like rooting for/against your favorite guy ALWAYS takes precedence over common sense.

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