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Stoner anticipates Lorenzo challenge

"We need to stay focused and watch those around us as we know our biggest championship rival at the moment, Jorge [Lorenzo], is extremely fast there" – Casey Stoner.
Casey Stoner is expecting a strong challenge from MotoGP world champion and 2011 points leader Jorge Lorenzo at Silverstone this weekend.

Repsol Honda rider Stoner took his second MotoGP win in a row and third of the year with a dominant performance at Catalunya last Sunday, putting him within seven points of Lorenzo in the standings.

But while the Yamaha rider won from pole at Silverstone last year, Stoner was only fifth for Ducati, having been beaten by team-mate Nicky Hayden in both qualifying and the race.

“After a great last few races we're looking forward to going to Silverstone," said Stoner. "Last year wasn't so good for us after being unlucky off the start, which prevented us from having a stronger race.

"I think this year with the Honda and the way things are going we can hope for a good performance, so long as everything goes smoothly.

"We need to stay focused and watch those around us as we know our biggest championship rival at the moment, Jorge [Lorenzo], is extremely fast there.

"Silverstone is a circuit I really enjoy, so we'll see how the weekend pans out."

With team-mate and Estoril winner Dani Pedrosa missing his second race in a row this weekend, Stoner has moved 28 points clear of next best Honda rider Andrea Dovizioso, another member of the Repsol team.

"It's very disappointing not to have Dani present again this weekend, but this is his decision and I just wish him all the best at this difficult time," said Stoner.

Dovizioso finished second at Silverstone last year, where he hopes to replicate the success he had at Donington Park.

The track in the East Midlands was the only one where he scored victories in all three classes, including his maiden MotoGP win in 2009.

That race was held in difficult and changing conditions, which Dovizioso managed better than anyone else.

With the possibility of similar conditions in Silverstone, Dovi stands poised to take advantage.





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He is not mentioning Rossi because Rossi is not a championship threat at this point. Even Rossi is talking about the pace of the 'top guys' at the moment, meaning he does not consider himself one of them. Also, I just re-watched the 2007 Catalunya GP - what an awesome race. Certainly debunks the crash.net myths about Stoner not being able to battle or that the 2007 Duc was a rocketship that he just had to sit on to win.

motomoto - Unregistered

June 08, 2011 5:56 PM

Casey is acting the part, proper. You can't criticism his or any others comments. You toads don't understand that most of the time, some uneducated "simulated" moto-journo with the credentials of a recorder asks a sst*upid question and it gets answered. Casey (nor anyone else) "volunteers" these lame answers. Casey isn't moaning or being coy, or anything,, he is answering a "baited" question. Half the time, only part of the answer is quoted. get real!



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