MotoGP » Nakamoto talks Stoner, Pedrosa, Marquez and more!


"We held a farewell party for Casey Stoner after Valencia. When the party was over, the two of us stayed on, chatting, and I found I couldn't control my tears... Everyday Casey came up with something new that astonished us" - Shuhei Nakamoto (Honda).

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Elton - Unregistered

January 13, 2013 10:21 AM

Only a fool would thnk that Stoner would have finished behind Pedrosa without his injury, given the tracks still to ride on the calendar. Stoner would likely have won Indy, Aragon and Brno, and wound have been a strong chance to win at Sepang, Motegi and Valencia. Misano not his best track but he's dynamite at all the others there, Pedrosa would have struggled by time to beat Casey at those tracks. Sachsenring is Dani's best track, and Stoner was less than half a second behind him with two turns to go. Phillip Island is Stoners est track and Dani never stood a chance despite his mistake there, even when Stoner had a stuffed ankle.

Elton - Unregistered

January 13, 2013 10:38 AM

@ Dave

From Eurosport

rookie Casey Stoner suffered a double blow during last weekend's German Grand Prix. Not only was the 20-year old advised not to race following a high-speed crash in the pre-race warm-up but race winner Valentino Rossi has also moved to block the Australian joining the Yamaha team.Stoner, who was linked to a move to the factory Yamaha team at the end of last season before joining up with Lucio Cecchinello on a Honda, has again been muted as a possible team-mate to Rossi next season under the wishes of chief engineer Jeremy Burgess.However, despite showing flashes of brilliance this season and the temperament necessary to become a multiple race winner, Valentino Rossi has taken it upon himself to block the move, saying that the Australia would be best served at Honda."I think the best option for Stoner would be to stay where he is," Rossi said at the Sachsenring.

Gsxr400racer - Unregistered

January 13, 2013 1:31 PM

Isn't this interview from the same company that said if we want to dominate in gp we could be like ferarri is to f1 and give no other company a chance of a win? WTF if dani don't win he may never, sad way to back your racer the bike can't ride it's self. Sounds like they will be giving it all to marc m. I like when suzuki busted their bubble with the rgv 5. Wonder if dani has ever got the if your not going to give 100% don't show up from honda. lame article from a company that wants to hold back change and progression for their benefit. Fire his ass and get a new honda boss.

Blackdog Barking......... - Unregistered

January 13, 2013 1:32 PM
Last Edited 563 days ago

@Dave

Yes You only ever ask questions!! Yet they all appear to imply negative concepts related to Casey Stoners ability competence etc ... even though this man has won 2 motogp championships


Nakamoto stated Casey would always be welcome Back at Honda.......
Give it a break and Enjoy the racing which Ever Racer wins
......They are living examples of Achievers Cheers enjoy the racing

EDIT by CRASH.NET! Poster attack removed.

Catch Up - Unregistered

January 14, 2013 6:37 AM

Well found Elton...it appears that Stoner fans know more about racing than Dave does.
Everybody that is a true fan of this sport has known that Rossi blocked Casey from going to Yamaha, even after JB's recomendation...guess a few arent true fans here.

Let's not forget - Unregistered

January 14, 2013 8:32 AM

Lets not forget that when Stoner was at Ducati, there were quite a few tracks that became known as "Ducati tracks". These were tracks where Stoner did well but apparantly it wasn't his talent , just the fact that the layout suited the Ducati. Funny how after he left and you know who took his seat, then they were not considered Ducati tracks anymore

Sasha - Unregistered

January 14, 2013 11:08 AM

Hey Casey, ride a HRC2013 wildcard at PI. Honda wil no doubt provide the bike if the championship standings allow for a 2nd place (race) for Pedrosa.

Tetley

January 14, 2013 3:57 PM

"@Tetley, They had allready changed the tire spec since, 2011 Sepang. Then they changed it again mid-season. Spec tires should be fixed in stone once pre-season testing starts Posted by Ron"
Perhaps in an ideal world - but when safety is the issue improvements should not be delayed. It was the slow-to-reach-racing-temperature tyres which led to so much damage and injury in the previous season. The time frame of the introduction of improved tyres was the same for all teams. Some coped better than others. I find it very worrying that Nakamoto considered the loss of tenths of a second to be more important than the safety of his riders.

Tetley

January 14, 2013 8:54 PM

"@Tetley Correct me if I am wrong, but wasnt there more highsides and crashes after the tyre change last season. Posted by Catch Up”.
My point exactly. The change did not achieve the required effect, therefore the subsequent change was all the more necessary, albeit at short notice for the teams.
Even all the hitech gizmos couldn't stop the damage and injuries with the slow-to-warm-up tyres, so it was essential to introduce improvements as soon as possible, even though it may inconvenience some teams.
Bottom line is that Nakamoto rated losing a couple of 10ths more important than improving rider safety.

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