MotoGP » Stoner cruises to Indy victory


Casey Stoner wins the Indianapolis MotoGP from Dani Pedrosa and Ben Spies.

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pauly73

August 29, 2011 9:38 AM

He said stoner rides like a madman cos he is so fast, actually it was a complement. And IMO he does no one rides like him. Like you said you used to be a fan know cos he is not winning you bag him. You have to understand the journalist make up stuff to keep them selves a job especially Italian and Spanish

Rob#46 - Unregistered

August 29, 2011 9:56 AM

Well... now...
Got to admit, my disappointment with Vales performance has reached a level I never thought likely a year ago.

I agree with most on here that he really doesn't appear to be trying at all at times. I realize that all these riders are generally brave and fearless, but Vale is becoming a 'shrinking violet' on the Ducati. Very sad to see.

I've never found Casey to be a likable fella (he has improved though, imo), but respect for his phenomenal riding ability should be universal amongst all fans by now.

Vale gambled on the wrong colour chips and now suffers inevitable scrutiny from fans worldwide. Nothing can take away his WCs, but I believe his legendary status does need re-evaluating (balancing) in the world of motorcycling.

As a long time Rossi fan I accept people will rightly question the relativity of greatness here. As people have already said, Casey did manage wins and podiums on the bike last year. This fact cannot be pushed aside like some dark secret.


Saint Nick - Unregistered

August 29, 2011 10:03 AM

"sack this permanent failure and get looking for a decent rider. "

No need for that, they have a decent rider. Maybe they should just start and give Nicky the decent stuff first and move Jerry over to work with a rider who will try 100% with no complaints no matter how things are going.

I have to say that I always had a lot of respect for Nick and considered him a credit to the sport but how he's handling himself this year with all the nonsense going on at Ducati is almost saintly. The fella deserves so much better and you just hope before he quits that he could have one or two seasons somewhere that he could just race!

pauly73

August 29, 2011 10:07 AM

Rob#46 some good point there, Rossi is tying more than ever if not he would not be always in the top 1st or 2nd position in the rain apart from Jerez and silverstone you need guts to be fast in the wet. All the other ducati riders only have to ride there bikes but rossi over a weekend has to race and test at the same time. Us long time fans know he and ducati won't give up, it's only the haters that want him to fail

Cedric - Unregistered

August 29, 2011 10:17 AM

Stoner is Awesome. what more can we say?

The pity is that this season reminds me a lot of the last one. At least the first part of it. We'll be lucky if we see ONE entertaoning race from now until Valencia.

Aaa - Unregistered

August 29, 2011 10:21 AM

@pauly73

At silverstone? He was miles off the pace in the wet... Was nearer the back than the front.

Keep the faith but also keep it real.

Me, lucky enough to see lots of greats, lawson, Rainey, doohan, Gardner, shwantz, Rossi and now stoner.

Rob#46 - Unregistered

August 29, 2011 10:43 AM

"Realistically guys who gives a slightest toss about this year? That Honda is a second a lap faster than every bike out there, and put a decent rider on it and they make GP racing duller than an endurance race."

Be that as it may, but, this is Valentino Rossi we are talking about here. Not some expected mid-fielder (or worse).
People (myself included) rightly expected much better results from the legend that is Valentino Rossi.

It's not unfair or unreasonable to suggest that Casey would be doing noticeably better (by comparison) over all, if he was still riding the Ducati, crashes or no crashes.

Yes, the Honda is a missile, but the Yamaha isn't far behind (if at all at some tracks). If you put Casey on the Yamaha it goes with saying that he'd still be winning many races.

Lorenzo shouldn't be underrated either, he's put in some truly great performances on the Yam as well.

If you're not a Stoner fan then yes, inevitably the season will seem duller. Few people complained when Ross

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