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Disappointed Stoner drops back to third at Mugello

"We believe this was related to incorrect tyre pressures..."
Troy Bayliss may have said "the only pressure is in my tyres" but for countryman Casey Stoner it was a case of too much pressure in his tyres at Mugello on Sunday.

The Repsol Honda rider looked set to extend his MotoGP title lead as he led from pole and quickly pulled a two-second advantage over the rest of the field.

But the Australian's pace peaked on lap 7 of 23 and he was later reeled in and passed by Jorge Lorenzo (lap 18) and the team-mate Andrea Dovizioso (lap 23).

"We started the race very strong and everything felt fantastic on the bike, however, we had a problem with the tyres after a few laps," said Stoner, winner of four races this year.

"We believe this was related to incorrect tyre pressures for today's track temperature and we should have probably reduced them a little compared with what we used in warm-up because as soon as the tyres got up to a certain pressure, I lost all the grip in the rear and this led to me starting to close the front.

"I think this is why we were able to be so fast in the beginning of the race, as the tyres were able to warm up very quickly, but then the tyre overheated and I lost all the grip.

"I'm disappointed as our potential to win today was high, I thought I might still have potential to fight with Jorge and Andrea, but Jorge came past and he was too fast for me. Then Andrea came past and I thought I could respond, but I didn't have any traction.

"It's still a podium, and important points but I'm here to win races".

Stoner lead over Lorenzo has now been reduced to 19 points.

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#27 - Unregistered

July 04, 2011 10:58 AM

Its clear he had the pace to win. At the end you could see the bike sliding more than usual. This is no 'excuse' as a certain sector of fans will have you believe. Like Stoner said, he's here to win races. Every race he's finished he's been on the podium, thats some going so far. Take the win in Germany Casey! :)

Paul46 - Unregistered

July 04, 2011 11:23 AM

Makes sense to me, and fits exactly what we witnessed watching it. It was out of character for Stoner to be so fast on lap 1 and drop off like that. Normally is 2 - 3 laps to wind up and once he gets going he is normally so fast. This will be good though, people with first hand experience or knowledge will understand his reason for early pace and dropping off. Everyone else will be divided by listening to the professional rider and call it moaning!...

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