MotoGP » Stoner cruises to Indy victory

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

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Rob#46 - Unregistered

August 29, 2011 12:02 PM

"It would be good for the sport to see rossi back fighting up front, but it certainly wouldnt change my mind about him. The whole deal when Lorenzo joined the team was a little sad, Vale was on the best bike that year, possibly at a high point in his ability and coming off the back of a huge number of race wins and WC's, so why reveal your fears and concerns so blatantly by putting up the wall in the garage, the whole data sharing debacle, his comments towards his new team mate and the "bunch of pussies' remark not so long ago. It came across as childish, primadonna like behaviour from someone who should know better"

Agreed. As a fan I was quite embarrassed by this. As you've said, on top of his game, on a roll etc. Why the barricades?
Ok, we all like to protect any advantage we can, but giving ultimatums like he did was unbecoming of a multiple WC and showed a most unsporting side of his personality. I really wasn't necessary or desirable, especially as a fan of the man himself...


August 29, 2011 12:03 PM

"It is the accepted dogma that Honda is the best machine on the grid and has been the last two seasons... So it's no real surprise that Stoner is leading the series... He is the second best Alien on the best bike..."

@westminster I think Casey and Jorge could swap bikes and the result would be the same, actually Casey may have more of an edge since neither of them would have previous years data to go on...

And dont forget Jorge was a match for Valentino last year, a crash=loss it does not = a win if.....

Expect Casey to dominate more next year (if thats possible) since he will have this years data to set up the bike with.


August 29, 2011 12:10 PM

Every team shares data with or without a wall . The wall was put up because of the different tyres brigdestone/Michelin that there riders where using at the time 2008. By the way the wall is still up at yamaha the reason is not to create confusion between teams not to hide what the other rider is doing .Rossi has been around for 15 years and gets 90% of the media coverage like it or not or you are a fan or not

Rob#46 - Unregistered

August 29, 2011 12:15 PM

The dividing wall isn't really the issue. It works both ways anyway, as eluded to.
This issue is attempting to block up and coming talent to your team because of the threat he might pose. This is very similar to the Alonso/Hamilton situation that occurred at Mclaren. Alsonso's response to the Hamilton threat damaged his reputation in much the same way... (imo).


August 29, 2011 12:26 PM

"It is good for the sport somewhat, that Rossi is struggling for now, because once the Ducati is sorted, it will be all the more sweeter when the championship is wrestled back, just like 2008..."

@Westminster I agree it would be great to see another make aside from Honda and Yamaha taking wins next year, the viewing would be all the more exciting but at this stage it looks more likely to be Suzuki than Ducati so would suggest you wait for it to actually happen before getting too "into it" we have been hearing how Valentino will turn around Ducatis fortunes for 12 months now and its getting a bit stale.

Rob#46 - Unregistered

August 29, 2011 12:33 PM

If the Ducati turn around occurs next year because of a conventional bike frame, it won't be Rossi who should really take credit for it.

It will be Philip Morris, sponsors of Ducati, pointing a gun at Ducati's head that should take the credit. Of course Valentino still has to ride it to victory, but it won't be so extraordinary all the same.


August 29, 2011 12:43 PM

Actually should have made it clear that like most fans of the sport I am happy watching anyone win and would be happy with Valentino coming back on top next year but being a realist I think that is extremely unlikely for a number of obvious reasons, if it happens great but unless it happens its hardly worth speculating about because at the moment its all about Casey!


August 29, 2011 12:46 PM

re: "but Vale is becoming a 'shrinking violet' on the Ducati."

perfect description. after the crash at jerez, it appears he pretty much resigned himself to "never do that again". which i honestly don't like, but it's understandable since after being sidelined with injury, my guess is he wants to be around for the new 1k era (who doesn't?)... not finding himself once again convalescing on a couch.

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