MotoGP » Stoner podium run comes to ‘disappointing’ end

Casey Stoner rues the choice of hard tyres as he completes a race off the MotoGP podium for the first time in 26 finishes.

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June 04, 2012 4:36 AM
Last Edited 1345 days ago

See what happens when there is a small discrepancy in the bike = many seconds off the winning pace. Stoner isn't in any way losing it. He pulled it together at the end and made a dash and almost pulled it off. It takes balls to do that when the tires don't work.
Sometimes stuff just happens and it isn't always good.

Sparky62 - Unregistered

June 04, 2012 4:45 AM

Yesterdays quotes. Dovi: It was a very hard race because there wasn't a lot of grip. Cal: I struggled for a bit of rear grip at the end and that cost me a bit of time. Dani: It was hard to control the bike on braking and in the exit of the corners. Alvaro: the tyres were dropping off and I couldn't catch them. Bradle: the spinning started very early because we did not have enough edge grip. Why can't they take it on the chin like Rossi? He is not moaning when he said, "Unfortunately, toward the end I lost performance from my rear tyre."Now if Stoner said it....


June 04, 2012 4:52 AM
Last Edited 1345 days ago


Good points.

One of the things I notice on this forum is the complete overreaction to isolated results. Hell, people come out with outrageous proclamations based on individual practice sessions, let alone individual race results.

Pedrosa and his team nailed the setup yesterday (as in, got the Honda going as well as it was going to go). Stoner and his team got it wrong, hence the result. It's simple. No major revelations or major insights. Well done Dani and team. To get the setup right is very difficult. The fact these guys (Lorenzo, Stoner, and Pedrosa) get it right so often speaks volumes about their talent and their teams' talent. But they all get it wrong every now and then. Happened every now and then last year. It will happen every now and then this year - for all of them. It's not a sign that someone has lost the plot. It's just a sign that it's difficult to nail the setup every time, particularly when conditions change.

bjr - Unregistered

June 04, 2012 5:14 AM
Last Edited 1345 days ago

Umm, the bloke qualified on pole position on the day before. You know, went around the track FASTER than anyone else could go.

Maybe he went to sleep on Saturday night and woke up a talentless whinger for the race on Sunday OR he stuffed up on his tyre choice/setup for the race.

Which do you think it is??

zRoYz - Unregistered

June 04, 2012 5:27 AM

I know in sport we all have our heroes but some of the rubbish attacks on riders is simply sad as there all gods. Stoner if I even need to bother defending hasn't given up just because he is retiring, if that was the case he would leave now. Rossi beat him last wet race simply because Rossi had zero to lose he isn't in the championship hunt, why would Stoner risk a points haul. The latest race he simply said "we" which means himself & his team made the wrong choice on tyre & setup. To comment here means we all watch motogp & you could plainly see Stoner bike wasn't working for him, it happens. I mean come on Rossi bike hasn't worked for him since he joined Duc, it would be far more productive if everybody just got behind the racing that is motogp & left rider personal attacks out of it.


June 04, 2012 6:55 AM

@ jimmy Jimmy.
Let me explain how I think this forum works.
After a race we get on this site with comments about what we just witnessed in the race we just watched. Some of like to drag stuff up that happened prior to the race, and some of us go back seasons. My comment about Pedrosa and comparing him to Stoner, was for the race we just watched. Unless you had access to other post race interview on Stoner and Pedrosa, I stand by what I said. Pedrosa never mentioned chatter, Stoner did. Also Pedro's worst position was 2nd in the race. Stoner went from 4th after turn 1 to 5th and then 6th after stuffing up a braking manoeuvre. Stop reading so much into your boys poor showing in this race, it happens. But not to Pedro this time.


June 04, 2012 7:19 AM
Last Edited 1345 days ago

Firstly, the Honda clearly has issues related to the generation of rear gip. Both Stoner and Pedrosa have stated this numerous times from pre-season testing and in the races this season.

Secondly, Pedrosa beat Stoner yesterday because he did a better job at setting up his machine for the conditions.

Two very simple points. Not sure how you are muddling them to be in any way addressed by your most recent post.

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