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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Just Observing - Unregistered

June 18, 2012 9:37 AM

Do you guys actaully watch the races or do you just come onto crash, see the result and make the rest up in your head?

well I watched the race and it was obvious from the start that whenever Stoner was on the left hand side of the tyre Spies was pulling 2 or 4 bike lengths only for the Honda to pull it back again down the straights and through the right side corners... Silverstone is one of the tracks they use an asymmetric rear tyre compound for the rear

Dave - Unregistered

June 18, 2012 9:54 AM

I ride bikes on the road only, never done a track day or pushed a bike anywhere near its limits so I am not qualified to talk rubber.

What I do know is that you feel comfortable on some bikes and not on others. To go your fastest and push the limit, I imagine you need to feel comfortable?

The 800's suited Stoner's style of riding more than the 1000's (opinion only) from observing the races thus far compared to last year.

In my opinion, unless Honda fix the bike and reduce chatter and tire degradation, Stoner will struggle to win the championship this year.


June 18, 2012 10:41 AM

Here here Sparky and Hoppy, Abraham went into detail in the commentary last in regards to Casey and lack of traction control ,guess Sam must have turned off at that stage given Vales midpack trundling

Filip - Unregistered

June 18, 2012 11:25 AM

TC or not? Let me explain: at one point during the race in Silverstone, when Stoner was chasing Lorenzo, both riders' throttle positions were shown graphically on the screen. Lorenzo clearly nailed it earlier and more aggressively then Stoner, who barely opened the throttle completely in a lot of sections! IMHO, this certainly proves Stoner uses less TC than Lorenzo.
If Stoner wants to become champ once again, he'll need to adapt his riding style to the current tires and let the TC do what it was designed for. I doubt Honda will invest a lot of money in Stoner's machine for the time being, given he won't be around anymore next year.
Stoner should try and drive around the problems now more than ever. In doing so, he will prove not only to be faster than Rossi, but also smarter and more resilient.

Podster - Unregistered

June 18, 2012 1:57 PM

In watching the race I think it is a case of Lorenzo beating HONDA rather than beating Stoner.

Not taking anything away from Loz but Stoner in the last to races is being way too compensating for the Honda, so its the Honda that is failing with its chatter etc

Loz great ride, Stoner great rider

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