MotoGP » Casey Stoner wins 2011 MotoGP title

Casey Stoner crowned 2011 MotoGP world champion.

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Roland Robinson - Unregistered

October 16, 2011 11:06 AM

I have great respect for Stoner. He is true bike racer material. When many "legends" criticised him in 2009 for his "unknown ailment", I was not at all convinced. I had seen Marco Melandri's demise on the Ducati, and knew that Stoner had some superhuman ability to ride thatmachine,especially with the airbox now in place. But having said that, I feel sorry for Rossi too.I wouldn't say he made the right choice. The way he found his pace was good today,but he again proved that the Ducati just can't lean...I am just waiting to see what ucati rolls out in Valencia.And for those who say "someone is not trying hard enough"...well,think of yourself,who cannot ride even half as fast.

Neil - Unregistered

October 16, 2011 11:20 AM

A year before Rossi went to Ducati - I thought it might happen, the supposed Italian dream team - an Italian champ on the red "prancing" Italian motorcycle, a bit like Ferrari's past fascination with trying to get an Italian driver good enough to win in F1. What Ducati didn't realise was they already had the best available in Casey. I'm not bagging Rossi, IMO he is, has been and will continue to be a true champion (even when he eventually retires) and good for the sports profile. Unlike some who always seem to post attacking I can appreciate more than one talent, I support Casey, admire Lorenzo's skill, and would still like to see Rossi at the pointy end. For those who think Casey "left" - Ducati wanted Rossi at any price, left no room for Casey, and have paid the price. Casey is the man at the peak of his profession right now. Congratulations Casey Stoner World Champion!

BillAce - Unregistered

October 16, 2011 12:57 PM


Stoner leaving was in place long before Ducati talked to Rossi, it started when Honda approached Livio...

It's hard to say a championship was gifted because a rider crashed out by riding over his head to attempt to close a .5s gap. As a matter of fact JLo was on the other end of such an event last year. Both times it was a Yamaha rider...and both on the 2010 chassis. maybe the Yamaha wasn't well developed by the god to be ridden on the limit. The parallels are truly amazing!

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