MotoGP » Tyre wear forces damage limitation for Stoner

“Very early on, when I was behind Ben, I started to struggle with the left hand side of the tyre” - Casey Stoner.

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Well, Casey was the best of the Honda but only barely. So "normal" guys on an Honda can still beat Spies' Yam for instance, so it cannot be that bad. He doesn't have to justify any defeat amongst the Honda boys, but I still see this race as Lorenzo's victory and not Stoner's loss.

Sam - Unregistered

June 18, 2012 12:16 AM

Hoppy. I see no evidence to say that Stoner uses less TC than what comes out of his own mouth, and he's not likely to say "Yes I use more TC than any other rider" because that would make him look bad. It was only last race at Barcelona that Steve Parish was mentioning Stoner's speed on the Ducati was down to his getting to grips with the TC better than anyone else, and I'd take his word over any of the so called "experts" on this site.

markg - Unregistered

June 18, 2012 1:08 AM

Interesting comments from Casey. While watching lap times in the race it was fairly clear that Ben used up his tire (tires?) too quickly. Weird season for Ben. Over his career hes been know for managing his tires quite well.

Sparky62 - Unregistered

June 18, 2012 1:25 AM

Even Abraham mentioned to lack of TC used by Stoner when he was guest commentatitng on Sunday!! His rivals have said it, his mechanics have said it, he has said it, dozens of commentators whose job it is to know have said it, rival team mechanics have said it (Burgess for one). His mastery if the Ducati TC was in toning it down and not relying on it. They had to remap the Honda's TC so he could reduce it to levels below what they designed it for. His crashes in the first year of his MotoGP were less than Rossi had in his first year on a 500. How the hell does he get it sliding with the TC turned up? Mudt be pretty crappy TC


June 18, 2012 3:02 AM

When Lorenzo was stalking Stoner in the mid section of the race you could see from the throttle/brake graphic at the bottom of the screen that Lorenzo was able to crack the throttle wide open before CS even though Casey was further out of the corner. Actually in some corners JL's throttle was wide open while CS was still at perhaps 60%. To see JL carve through from 5th to 2nd it was only a question of time, and cleverly he took his time and for half a lap put on a good show. Congrats to Yamaha, Forcada and Lorenzo, excellent job in producing a sweet bike.

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