MotoGP » Stoner ups the ante on struggling Rossi

"You can be a certain amount off, for a certain time, but not this much" - Casey Stoner.

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MotoGP Fan - Unregistered

April 28, 2012 6:21 PM

This was silly of Casey to say this about Vale in my opinion because Nicky Hayden qualified over 1 second behind pole!!! (1.03).

Meaning this is not a 'good result' for Ducati, as Casey claims. Finishing over a second in qualifying is a terrible result in terms of performance for a top team. Stoner knows this but makes no mention of the gap between Lorenzo and Nick's time.

If Casey is going to have a go at Vale, at least do it with an evidence base. He's praising Nicky as far superior to Vale on what is claimed to be a great bike, yet Nicky's performance (better than Vale's in the dry in one race) shows the Ducati won't be winning any races AT ALL in their current performance level.

Thus the Ducati bike is not working correctly, even if Nicky can finish 6th in a race when Vale is pushed off the track by Barbera in Qatar. We all saw that on TV. Nicky didn't lose any time with an incident like that.

The comments by Casey are not clever, especially when the much maligned Vale, actual

English Alan - Unregistered

April 28, 2012 6:24 PM

Congrats to Rossi, hes turned the Duc into a competitive bike, but just not with him riding it, is it a first front row start for Hayden whilst riding a Ducati? well done to him, and well done to the team

MotoGP Fan - Unregistered

April 28, 2012 6:24 PM

..the much maligned Vale actually beat Ben Spies in Round 1.

Casey should have a little more respect, especially what happened with Marco. No ride is invincible mentally after such a tragedy. The fact Vale is riding at all, is amazing and should be praised, not mocked.

Come on guys - Unregistered

April 28, 2012 6:31 PM

yeah say what you want stoner, rossi deserved it after what he said to you.

but just to let you know, it is his 200 gp career. he has been in the top for 10 years. yes 10 years. let's see what position you are in the next 100th race. the young guns will do the same like you do to rossi. it is just nature. rossi is finished. yes i believe he has lost the edge. he only half as good as his young prime.

still i too believe he should be in podium if he stayed in yamaha. and ducati is a silver bullet for him. gloomy ending my friends.

SpeedyBB - Unregistered

April 28, 2012 6:33 PM

It is amusing to see these pampered stars needling one another (maybe less amusing to see how the motoring press, often short of news on a slow day, goads them into it). There is always a psych-war going on in the pits and the press: if a rider can win a mental advantage there he won't have to go to the edge so often in the actual event. After all, as the sign over the gate used to read (at British circuits anyway): MOTOR RACING IS DANGEROUS.

Did you see the looks on those guys' faces when everybody got a peek at Simoncelli laying on the track, helmetless and dying? It was really priceless. It was as though for the very first time in their lives they were jolted into reality.

This is what sets apart riders at the IoM. You have no doubt when you set out on a lap that it could be your last.

Nobody acts that way in MotoGP. It would make the sponsors frown.

Speaking of which, Stoner's catty remarks may eventually come around to the fact that he will never make as much money, or have

Sasha - Unregistered

April 28, 2012 6:33 PM

2.4 seconds off the fastest Ducati.... You know, a second is already much, half a second acceptable, few tenths normal. But 2.4 seconds slower than Hayden. Come on, who is fooling who?

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