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Interview with Casey Stoner

Except for in the Netherlands, Lorenzo has always placed first or second this year. Can he keep this level up for the entire season?

Casey Stoner:
"Yes, there is no reason to think otherwise. He has maintained this level until now and can keep it up until the end of the season. He has been very consistent, always there or thereabouts. Although sometimes he has not had enough speed, he is still always up there and if he doesn't finish first, then he places second. It will be very difficult to finish the season ahead of him, but we have to try."

In Germany it was all-or-nothing...

Casey Stoner:
"No, it really wasn't. To be honest, I was very happy with the position that I was in. I was planning my attack for the last corner, where I was much better at braking than Dani, with much more confidence, and when I released the brake a little early on the previous corner to go easy on the tyre, I think I was too soft and didn't load the front enough. I crashed and I was very surprised about that, because I was very confident about overtaking. In the end, I messed up our championship in that one moment. It wasn't the best way to finish off a weekend.”

Does the zero carry a lot of weight?

Casey Stoner:
"No. I can only do what I can and mistakes happen. Quite simply, we will do everything we can until the end of the season. "

Do you think that after that crash and the result in Italy, people wrote you off prematurely?

Casey Stoner:
"They always do, even last year. When we were not ahead in the championship, they forgot about us. Every year I have a couple of bad races and people forget too quickly. You must remember what we do, that I'm World Champion and I do not give up so easily."

What is your strategy for the second half of the season?

Casey Stoner:
"There is no strategy, ever. During the season you have to try to be the fastest at each race and in each session, try to run the bike and tyres as best you can, and get more points than any other rider. It's the best that we can do."

You have always spoken well of Marc Márquez. How do you see him doing next year on your bike?

Casey Stoner:
"To be honest, I don't know, because I'm not sure about the level of Moto2. We can see that he is at a much higher level than other riders, but I'm not sure about the level of his rivals. We have not seen a Moto2 rider come up to this championship with much success; Stefan Bradl has had a couple of decent results, but I made mistakes in those races so maybe things have looked a little better than they are really. We have yet to see a Moto2 rider triumph in MotoGP, but if anyone can do it, it's Marc."

If Marquez were to ask you for advice on how to approach the premier class, what would you say?

Casey Stoner:
"I think every rider has their own opinion and I don't think Marc will ask me for any advice Marc. In fact, he probably considers himself a little better than I am, because he has a lot of confidence in himself and his abilities. I think he may need to relax a little, because this category is not so easy."

There are nine races to go before you put an end to your career in MotoGP. Do you sometimes think "I'm not going to ride here again” when you go to circuits? What do you think will be the thing that you miss the most?

Casey Stoner:
"I don't really think not about not riding anymore at any track. I can come back whenever I want. Perhaps not competing, but I can take a ride at tracks. I'll miss racing, because unfortunately it is only a small part of the sport - very small. I will really miss the people I work with and with whom I enjoy spending time. It will be very sad not to see them anymore."

Following the race at Laguna Seca comes a break for two weeks. Is it a good time to play with your daughter, enjoy the company of your wife, relax fishing, or to train to the maximum?

Casey Stoner:

Related Pictures

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Stoner, USA MotoGP 2012
Smith at Suzuka 8 Hours (pic: Yamaha)
Espargaro at Suzuka 8 Hours (pic: Yamaha)
Smith, Espargaro, Nakasuga celebrate Suzuka win (pic: Yamaha)
Casey Stoner at Suzuka 8 Hours (pic:
Smith, Espargaro, Nakasuga win Suzuka (pic: Yamaha)
Casey Stoner at Suzuka (pic: Musashi)
Pol Espargaro at Suzuka 8 Hours (pic: Yamaha)
Bradley Smith tests for Suzuka (pic: Yamaha)
Pol Espargaro tests for Suzuka (pic: Yamaha)
Pol Espargaro tests for Suzuka (pic: Yamaha)
Smith, Espargaro, Nakasuga ready for Suzuka 8 Hours (pic: Yamaha)
Marc Marquez tests at Misano (pic: Honda)
Dani Pedrosa tests 2016 Honda (pic: Honda).
Bradley Ray (GBR), FTR Moto2, Moto2, [Credit: Bonnie Lane]
Marquez testing at Misano (pic: Honda)
Pedrosa, German MotoGP 2015
Marquez, German MotoGP 2015

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Da Rock

August 01, 2012 12:57 PM

Never accepts the blame for mistakes and always blames the bike etc. Then what is this? "I messed up our championship in that one moment" True MotoGP fans will miss this guy because his racing is always worth watching. It's the fans of certain riders only who won't miss him because it gives their idol more chance of winning. Pathetic.

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