MotoGP » Stoner: Pride, not style, key to Ducati success


"I think it's just about pride. You need to give that up and ride the Ducati the way it needs to be" - Casey Stoner.

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Bugs - Unregistered

August 17, 2012 4:35 PM

@ Memory loss.

Those stats are meaningless because Rossi's first 5 years don't include Stoner or anyone comparable to him in ability. The only meaningful comparison is during the period they have been racing against each other. Let me give you those stats:

Head to Head:
Stoner: wins: 37 championships: 2
Rossi: Wins: 26 championships: 2

It is worthy of note that in 80% of their head to head battles, Rossi was riding a Yamaha while Stoner was riding either a satellite bike or Ducati.

ab - Unregistered

August 17, 2012 4:36 PM

You all can say what you like about him but he is refreshing with his honesty. Buy the facts don't lie.

Ducati's only MotoGP champion
10 GP Wins in his first season
23 wins in total
3 wins in his worst season...

and all on a bike which finished the careers of other top level riders and almost finished and its still to be seen if it finished the career of one who was considered the GOAT.

ab - Unregistered

August 17, 2012 4:40 PM

Well said. VR ducked a fight with Casey at Yamaha and then sulked before running away with his tail between his legs from Yamaha. VR toyed with Sete and Biaggi but JL and CS stood for none of his nonsence.

Nick - Unregistered

August 17, 2012 4:59 PM

lolz

the fans (or as some of them call themselves) on this site have gone completely overboard. stoner fans and rossi fans going at it all the time now. stoner fans have a nice stick to beat rossi fans till the day rossi retires while rossi fans are incensed by the comments(damning but true) that Stoner has made recently. While Stoner will retire with a smug on his face after the Rossi-Ducati episode, on the other hand Rossi now has an self-assessment of his abilities which is much closer to reality but he bought it on himself by his "its me or Lorenzo" ultimatum to Yamaha then belittling Stoner whenever he got the chance and now Stoner is paying him back in the only way he knows. Never saw Stoner say such things about Lorenzo, there's only respect for each other.

True Fan - Unregistered

August 17, 2012 5:01 PM

Stoner must really be a painful reminder to the yellow nappy brigade how badly the GOAT performed on the Ducati. What a pile of pointless vitriol.

Stoner handed a race-winning bike that was known to be difficult to ride to the so-called GREATEST RIDER OF ALL TIME - who couldn't match his lap times, or even come close...so VR's fans obviously hate him for it. Now anything he says rubs salt into your wounds. Don't worry, he'll be gone soon.

Rossi's an entertainer, because he's good at acting the goat, but that doesn't make him the GOAT. I would have been impressed if Rossi stuck it out and won some races for Ducati. But obviously, he knows he can't do that, and he wants to salvage something. But his fans are clinging to the delusion. Sad, really.

MiniMoto - Unregistered

August 17, 2012 5:01 PM

Why all the stoner bashing?
Thats how you ride a Ducati. They are not predictable like 4 strokes. Thy will not do the samething lap after lap. Thats the beauty of the Ducati and never should it have been changed. You can either love them hate them ride them or not ride them. They are pure animal an untamed stallion that takes you to the edge and back. Ive said all along he should have talked to it, not conforl it.
Good luck Dovi dont forget no master in the relationship equals. you will be fine.

J.J. - Unregistered

August 17, 2012 5:02 PM

As said on here before, really good article on Rossi and Stoner on the Duc at motomatters. Reading this makes me happy that Rossi is back on the Yamaha, better suited for his racing style. It also gives good insight on Stoner's performance on the Duc.
So Stoner does not have the friendliest charisma. But he rode that Duc in 2010 to the limit, even when it was becoming very unpredictable and dangerous. I dare anybody on this forum who is calling Stoner a quitter to ride an unpredictable bike to the max into a corner, and when you suffer a hard crash, to get back on it and ride it to the max again. I don't care much for his personality either, but this man gave it his all and I will miss the competition between him and Lorenzo and Rossi.

Yellow Kleenex Please - Unregistered

August 17, 2012 5:21 PM

You Rossi fans must be overjoyed that Stoner won't be out there next year embarassing your boy on his new 'old' Yamaha! That alone moves Rossi up one spot, and Rossi can take Pride in that step up in his success!!

Hahahahahahahaha!

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