MotoGP » Casey Stoner goes soft for smart win

“I decided to go with the soft option and be a little more careful with the tyre, keep a little more traction and not spin so much” – Casey Stoner.

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July 30, 2012 2:19 PM

I think finally the penny has dropped for Casey. After how many years in motogp he has suddenly realised that not riding so hard, being smoother and conserving your tyres and not trying dumb last corner overtakes wins you races.


Dissapointed for rossi

watcher - Unregistered

July 30, 2012 3:42 PM

Casey is just adjusting to the new tyres and realising it wears quicker than previous years and the Honda eats these tyres more. So managing them is the way to go. Could be because of the 1000cc change as well. He did take a few races to get used or setup the bike better. These things don't just get easily sorted out if it's this fast and the times so close to each other and the tyres change 2 times in the year.

Its ALL about the tyres these days, the yamaha and Honda is very close to each other engine wise this year, Casey just had awesome drive that one time, but it was not often available ...

So he is changing and adapting every race, the competition is stronger than ever. But awesome win for him !!! Hope he has if figured now !


July 30, 2012 4:31 PM

Whether he retains the crown or not is irrelevant to him at this stage.He will mark down Laguna 2012 as one of his fondest memories for sure. He was pretty confident all weekend. The lefty track causing less chatter. It was still a tough job beating George and Dani though,especially balancing the tire gamble against the track temperature.
The irony. Stoner's last duel at Laguna ends with Rossi in the gravel at the corkscrew on the Rossi Ducati. Sure it wasn't a duel with Rossi but they did line up on the same grid.
2007,2011 and 2012. A Laguna triple. Nice.


July 30, 2012 5:57 PM

In talent and skill there is sod all in it with Jorge and Casey. I'm so dissapointed that the winner is decided by tyre choice. I'm stupid enough to think that the one make tyre rule would have put an end to this.

portblue25 - Unregistered

July 30, 2012 6:53 PM

Anyone who thinks jlo would hve beat casey if on soft tyres,, then lemme remind u that soft tyres give a lot more pace in the earlier stages of the race but donot last long...
Casey managed his tyres and beat jlo fair n square... So STFU haters!

Triumphontour - Unregistered

July 30, 2012 9:10 PM

This Dacron fella is laughable. 'Stoner's bike can't use hard rear tyres'.

What an absolute load of BS. Dani used the hard rear at Laguna Seca and set a new lap record and Casey himself said in the press conference on Saturday that he could use either tyre and he hadnt decided at that point and would wait for weather conditions.

Fact: Stoner is given the same tyres as everybody else on the grid, if he can't use them that is his problem. If he didn't have a brain explosion and crash at Sachsenring from a safe second place (on the unusable hard rear once again) he would be right up there with Jorge in the championship so don't go blaming the tyres.

Using the hard rear tyre as some kind of scapegoat for Casey's woes this year is laughable and a disrespect to his rivals


July 31, 2012 12:20 AM

Stoner was a man on a mission an put on a good race, not some runaway. Kept his head, used the bike well, and just outran Lorenzo. I was standing near turn 11 and at first Lorenzo was getting a much better drive out of the corner, but as the race progressed you could see Stoner getting a better and better drive and then passed him like he was going backwards. I would have liked to have seen a 3 way battle with the lead swapping more, but this wasn't bad, not bad at all.

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