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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Worsethanoob - Unregistered

August 17, 2012 7:25 AM

The Ducati is and always has been a piece of skip fodder!
The only good thing about it has been the power advantage of the earlier bikes.
Don't know why but the thing just suited moaner,and let's not talk about throttle control here I've been watching races with real time telemetry and soon as he got the bike off the brakes you could see the throttle position sensor bang straight over to max,he just had the confidence to let the traction control do its job.
One thing to note,since burgess and Rossi have been actually developing the bike all of the ducati riders are quicker and don't fall off as much

samas

August 17, 2012 7:27 AM

@whohatehim.
Rookie year and on far from the best bike.
I dare say you don't remember that Rossi when asked in an interview who he thought was a particular threat he said Stoner.
However that statement may have been made with a hint of sarcastic fun, but then you guys know he wouldn't do a thing like that.

Combat intolerant - Unregistered

August 17, 2012 7:29 AM

Once the other bikes got pneumatic valves and Bridgestone tyres his mechanical advantage diminished as did his dominance.

The 2007 bike was a potent package - in the right hands. Props to Stoner for being that man but throwing sly digs around isn't good form for the current WC.

P.S. nobody mention the oversize fuel tank. Shhh!

samas

August 17, 2012 7:36 AM

@nWhatsinanoob or whatever your name is
It's a known fact that everybody at the track Nicky etc stated how Casey used traction control than anyone else, but what would they know.

Aussie - Unregistered

August 17, 2012 7:49 AM

The history books will show that from 2006-2012, Stoner beat Rossi in:

Overall wins
Pole Positions
Average points per race
Lap records

He was clearly the best rider out there.

Rossi fans like to talk up his achievements, but they don't like it when you tell them that their demi-god was born with a silver spoon in his mouth and never had to fight for anything in his life. He was handed Mick Doohan's bike, his team and his Michelin tyres. You guys forget about the special tyres Michelin cooked specially for Rossi before each European race don't you? No doubt the man has great talent, but his first 6 season in MotoGP did not have anywhere near the depth of talent that is there now. Who did Rossi battle with? Biaggi? Gibernau? Roberts Jr? Give me a break. Any of the top 5 or 6 riders today, given the same opportunities as Rossi, and riding from 2000-2005 would have handed it to them big time also.

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