MotoGP » MotoGP 2012: Team-mate vs. Team-mate

Who were the most closely matched team-mates, who were poles apart and who brought the most success for their brand in MotoGP 2012...

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Stavros - Unregistered

December 09, 2012 11:39 AM

The Stoner vs Pedrosa numbers are interesting considering Stoner was riding handicapped for many of them.

Stoner rode with a freshly mashed ankle at Indy, then came back way too soon from surgery for Motegi, Sepang, Phillip Island and Valencia. That's five races where he wasn't able to ride 100% and yet Pedrosa still only beat him by 1 in races they both contested. A dry race at Valencia may have actually reversed those positions. Contrast that with last year, where Pedrosa was riding with a less severe injury but was massively beaten head to head either way. Minus the injury Stoner would have been fighting for the title at Valencia, but C'est la Vie in MotoGP. Injuries happen and if they don't cripple of kill you have to count yourself lucky in the end. Which is why IMO Stoner is getting out.. Anyone with children knows how they change your from the moment they pop out.

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