MotoGP » 1 August 2012
Interview with Casey Stoner
A Repsol generated interview with Casey Stoner, who heads for the summer break third in the 2012 MotoGP championship behind Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa.
Reigning and soon to retire MotoGP champion Casey Stoner heads for the 2012 mid-season break having won four of the ten races so far, just one win less than Jorge Lorenzo, but is trailing the Yamaha rider by 32-points after mistakes at Sachsenring and Mugello.
Here the 26-year-old Australian reflects on the season so far, the rounds still to come, his retirement and rookie Repsol Honda replacement Marc Marquez...
Just past the halfway point of the season, how do you evaluate your riding, the team and the bike so far?
"To be honest, I'm pretty happy with my level, but we made a couple of small errors in Mugello and Sachsenring, which unfortunately left us far behind in the standings. I think if things had been slightly different, if the weather had been different at some races and if we had not made these mistakes, then we would be in a good position. As we are now, we have lost a lot of ground on where we should be. "
A year ago at this point in the season, you were first in the championship with 20 points more than you have now. What has changed?
"As I said, if we had raced at Le Mans in the dry, then I have to think that we were in a good position to win there and if I would have won at Sachsenring we'd probably be leading the championship now. But unfortunately I made those mistakes, things did not go as planned. In Qatar I had arm pump when our pace was clearly the fastest. Things have not been perfect. The new rule with the tyres has been a disaster for us and it has become very difficult to make the bike work."
Jorge Lorenzo, Dani Pedrosa and you are the current frontrunners in MotoGP. How do you beat those two, and what are their strengths and weaknesses?
"I think it changes every week. Clearly, Jorge is always up there, always looking very strong and consistent, because obviously he is very happy with this new tyre. That compound is what they preferred in preseason testing and myself and Dani were the ones who didn't like it at all. Your strengths and weaknesses change at every race and you have to evaluate that over a weekend, which is never easy.”
The three of you have shared the podium more times than any other group of riders. Is the level of talent in the World Championship higher than ever?
"I think so. I think it has been getting better year after year. The first four from last year have always competed together, we rose up through the lower classes together and I think this season the level has been increasing in strength. It is a great feeling to have been on the podium so many times with Jorge and Dani. We respect each other a lot, we enjoy good battles and races and I am very happy to be taking so many podiums alongside them in my final season.”
Tagged as: Yamaha , Casey Stoner , Dani Pedrosa , Jorge Lorenzo , Indianapolis , moto2 , Laguna Seca , Mugello , Sachsenring , Qatar , Marc Marquez
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