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gregory - Unregistered

December 20, 2012 3:06 PM

Being very old and long in the tooth, I do remember when Mike Hailwood started it all off on board the Honda 500. If you read a book "A Man Called Mike" by Christopher Hilton you will find references to his bike revving up as he goes round the corners on the race track, where all the other riders were at one constant pitch on the rev band. He said it was like riding a pig, but he still went out and won races and didn't complain about it to other races or the media.

99 Crystal Ball - Unregistered

December 20, 2012 6:16 PM

Rossi slid his way to 6 world championships by the time he was 27..........LCTanner.

But then he found himself on a bike that only a talented rider could handle.And look what happened then!
36 races and not a single win!
I know who should have retired instead of Stoner eh LC?


December 21, 2012 12:08 AM

stoners ability to slide the ducati sideways at high speed single handedly destroyed bridgestones rival mitchelin in a single season , when all other riders seen what he was doing they all jumped ship to bridgestone.
i seen a vid on youtube last night , a slow mo of stoner on the duke being chased down by jlo and vale on there yam , it shows stoner losing the front no less than 3 times in that one corner as the back and front slide with extreme lean angle , a sight to behold.


December 22, 2012 3:14 AM

Yup dacron, Stoner's rare ability is he can slide both front and rear with balance. Which why i have always enjoyed seeing him ride despite him clearing off into the distance. Also to add, Bridgestone wasnt special or much better than Michelin, Stoner made them so because he is able to slide them good. If Stoner was on michelin it wouldnt have suited him, because of the 'michelin slide' which can throw u off without warning. Similarly, not everyone can optimise the Bridgestone tyres, especially grip riders. It was sad then that Bridgestone tried to be a high grip tyre when its development was focused on the next world champion. As for Ducati giving him speed advantage when he rode it to world championship, u only have to look at his teammate and ask, why wasnt that guy champion? And then when Stoner left it was obvious what it took for Ducati to be champion.

Jughead - Unregistered

December 22, 2012 10:18 AM

"No surprise having Stoner with the most slides. That is his style. And, probably, the rider with the most spectacular style during 2012. Which also suited the Ducati. I don't take anything away from Stoner and don't doubt he has talent. However, I also don't confuse gritish style with talent. Lorenzo and Rossi in his heyday didn't have less talent. But, yeah, Stoner provides better pictures."
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It's not just your average fan that thinks Stoner was the most talented rider Roger, Lorenzo is on record saying that Stoner is the most talented he's ever seen. Rossi was the best for a long time, but its no coincidence that since Stoner has been racing MotoGP he's overshadowed Rossi statistically, even while he was riding the Ducati! In the eyes of most in the know, for pure talent Stoner will go down as the most gifted rider since Spencer, perhaps even since Hailwood.


December 22, 2012 3:19 PM

Those top riders are talented in their own different style.
Some time their talent also limited in some/ different condition. That's why we don't see
any of The most talented rider win on every races.

I would call my hero as one of the most talented rider as respect for others.
Also prefer to enjoy "battle" with all their full energy talent + skill+ ability rather than just technical show in racing.

been there seen them all - Unregistered

December 23, 2012 9:04 PM

Awsome photo, casey you will be missed. Interesting comments about Mike Hailwood, I remember seeing him in the wet at the Ulster GP in the 60s the whole bike drifting towards the outside earth banking, the road was cambered so he was actually having a greater lean angle. No run offs then. Yes he won and lapped almost the every rider, like Casey Stoner he chose to put on a display for the fans.
ps Merry Christmas everyone.

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