MotoGP » Lorenzo defeats Hondas in Qatar MotoGP opener


Jorge Lorenzo wins the opening round of the 2012 MotoGP season at Qatar, arm pump costs Casey Stoner the lead.

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Me - Unregistered

April 09, 2012 12:02 AM

pcxmac he cooked his tyres and the arm pump is an excuse so its not his fault, he reduced the traction control because he was sure the electronics was causing it to chatter this was said on eurosport.

When Stoner fades at the end of a race he always has an excuse from the racers big book of excuses its never admits that he just screwed up

blue hurricane - Unregistered

April 09, 2012 12:05 AM

you know inconvinience and ****forbrain (one and same person) taking the cake for most hideous comments on here. Your comment put the yellow nimrods to shame and thats saying something.

I dont buy the arm pump thing from Stoner. My guess is he miscalculated the tire wear today. He was going for a gap large enough to manage at the end and it did not work out. He especially knew that when Dani past him.
He will do better next race.

motogp - Unregistered

April 09, 2012 12:41 AM

I'm sure you all saw the bare footage of him after Barbera went past.

He looked completely out of it. He set a 1'57" during the race, the same pace as the group Hayden was leading, and I suspect he did that just to show he could be there.
But he told the Italian press that 6th (around where he was all last season) was not good enough for him and that he is aiming for the podium. He said he wanted to retire after Hector passed him,
just out of frustration with the bike.

For sure Valentino can be 6th and maybe he could fight with the Tech3's, but he wants more and (paraphrasing) he says there's no difference between 5th and 10th, the podium is what matters.
Old Rossi is gone, he isn't optimistic anymore. In fact he is quoted post-race of saying that the engineer's haven't given him what he wanted, I mean it sounds very unprofessional and he sounds spoilt, but you can't help but feel sorry for him...
One of the most successful riders in the history of the sport and bang one bike and on

nick881

April 09, 2012 12:41 AM

You know, looking at the middle ground here between the Stoner fanboys and the Stoner haters.... It is possible that the arm pump is an excuse and that tyre wear was a bigger issue for Stoner than he expected hence fading towards then end. BUT the reason for using arm pump as an excuse is ti play mind games with his competition. He said in his interview he was happy they had the pace to be the fastest bike, so he's saying to the competition he is stil the fastest and that its not a set up issue. To try and give the competition some doubts... at the end of the interview Stoner had a big smile on his face and JLo didn't look too impressed with his comments. It's all mind games.

lemmy - Unregistered

April 09, 2012 1:35 AM

The reason I believe it was arm pump was because of the way Casey looked after the race. Dani and Lorenzo didn't have a drop of sweat on them. Yet 20 minutes after the race Casey still had a red face with sweat all over him. I am wondering if Casey may have slacked a bit on his training over the winter and underestimated the physical nature of these 1000cc bikes...especially after the tires start to go off.

lemmy - Unregistered

April 09, 2012 1:40 AM

@jungleboy, regarding the speed of the Hondas...it isn't the Hondas that are fast...it is the Ducatis. Casey's bike was only about 1km/h faster than Lorenzos and Dovis was faster than Stoners. Check the trap speeds.

nick881

April 09, 2012 1:56 AM

@lemmy,

Stoner slacked on his race simulation runs by NEVER doing a FULL distance race sim during testing and practice. You might ask, why on earth would someone NEVER do a full distance test on their new bike??? It would be a fair question, everyone else does FULL distance race sims to test themselves and the machinery. Stoner doesn't do FULL distance race sims because he knows better and says there is NO point in doing it..... OK Casey, whatever you say mate!

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