MotoGP » Stoner surprised by Jerez victory

“I thought I could go away with Jorge and Dani for the chance of a podium” – Casey Stoner.

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April 30, 2012 11:38 AM

Brilliant he did show why he is going to be one of the greatest, also one of the best races in a while, no thanks to CRT.
Mick Doohan put the nail on the head (Channel 10 Australia) about Rossi:), as well as for Ben:) at least Hayden did try as hard as he could:)
JL you did bloody well as well, nice to see that soemone can keep up with Casey
Cheers Claes

fastfisheye - Unregistered

April 30, 2012 5:01 PM

end of term report for Jerez GP
1.CS A+ great race after dodgy practice and QP
2.JL A never gave up on trying for the win "CS was faster, no excuses"
3.DP A too cautious at the start but pulled back the gap to 2 seconds at the end, who knows what would be if given 5 more laps
4.CC A+ making the absolute most of a great bike, major step up on 2011, Go Cal, closer than anyone to being the next alien.
5.AD B your teammate with less experience is showing you the way
6.AB A- slowly getting into new team and new bike, you can feel he is getting better race by race
7.SB A+ cannot expect more from this quiet rookie.

fastfisheye - Unregistered

April 30, 2012 5:09 PM

8. NH B good qualy but going backwards during the race, still top Ducati.
9. VR. C- its not enough and you are not trying hard enough, your apathy outweighs your salary
10.HB B+ as good as it gets with last years crappy Ducati
11. BS D, watch out! totally underperforming on the 2nd best bike on the grid. I hope you can step it up soon but It looks grim :-(
AE B+ top CRT, better than a poke in the eye !

Sparky62 - Unregistered

April 30, 2012 5:45 PM

I have to laugh when people still go on about Honda's magic gearbox when Ducati have had the same since mid 2011 and Yamaha developed similar many years ago. The top engineers in both Yamaha and Honda have said the gearbox provides very little in lap time gain. It helps with tire and engine (clutch) preservation. Stoner was riding more of a sit up and squirt the throttle approach compared to Lorenzo's beautifully smooth style. That is always going to give you a bit of a jump start down any straight at the expense of mid corner speed. Even when riding the sattelite Honda in 2006, Stoner was always faster out of corners than most others.

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