MotoGP » Stoner edges Lorenzo in head-to-head 1000cc test

Casey Stoner put Honda's 2012 1000cc MotoGP machine on top of the Brno test timesheets.

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King Kenny - Unregistered

August 15, 2011 7:01 PM

Laps on the 1000cc bike SO FAR:

Casey Stoner - 132 (50 Jerez1 + 25 Jerez2 + 57)
Dani Pedrosa - 37
Jorge Lorenzo - 28
Ben Spies - 24

New frame or not, the fact that he's made 4 times more laps than Pedrosa and 5 times more than both Yamaha riders on the 2012 bike has to count for something...

No hate, just love (for the whole picture).

King Kenny - Unregistered

August 15, 2011 8:03 PM

Are you guys being deliberately obtuse or just want to argue for argument's sake?
My point is that in order to compare today's test times one needs to keep in mind how many laps each rider has on his new bike. I think Spies coming under two tenths of Stoner's best lap after only 24 laps is really impresive, both regarding his performance and the potential of the Yamaha. And the same goes for Lorenzo.
It's not a matter of my logic or anybody's logic, those are just facts. And to the one that cleverly points out that Stoner already has 6 victories this season: did you not hear that Pedrosa started the season injured, and that before he was fully fit Simoncelli put him out for another 4 races? Talk of pointless comparisons...
And, to be clear, I'm not taking anything away from Stoner. But look at the whole picture for once.

BillAce - Unregistered

August 15, 2011 8:05 PM


The only way Rossi was going to be involved in the development of the 1000cc M1 was if he was willing to take a massive pay cut and be dead equal and a probable #2 rider. He made the decision to go to Ducati where his value was clearly appreciated more. Free market at its finest!

BillAce - Unregistered

August 15, 2011 8:56 PM

Its going to be hard to analyze or predict anything from early testing because the fuel limits are going to have a big impact on performance, they already do on the 800's and a bigger engine with no more fuel means the biggest gains will still come from fuel efficiency. How much more will the electronics advance and who will take the lead in that area, especially when they need new fuel mapping data for each track and have limited testing?

Not as it seems... - Unregistered

August 15, 2011 9:15 PM

@King Kenny

I think it is worth noting that Stoner didn't really improve his time, set in the morning, until other riders caught up and then he went faster again! Stoners got more up his sleeve. Though, it's good to see Spies right up there on the 1000cc from the get go. More guys at the pointy end of the field suits me just fine!

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