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Stoner: I'm sure we'll be competitive

"We've always been pretty fast there and I'm sure with the Honda we can be competitive" - Casey Stoner.
So far this season, Casey Stoner hasn't gone more than two races without a win. The 2011 title leader will be aiming to continue that form in Germany this weekend, and in doing so dampen Jorge Lorenzo's renewed confidence.

Yamaha's reigning world champion Lorenzo has closed to within 19 points of Stoner after his second victory of the season, and first in the dry, last time at Mugello.

Lorenzo is the only rider other than Stoner to have won more than one race this year, the Australian scoring four victories from eight starts.

Stoner's last win was at the wet British Grand Prix, and he has finished second and third in the two events since.

"I'm looking forward to going to Sachsenring, it's a circuit where we've enjoyed good results in the past few years," said the Repsol Honda rider. "The track is very tight and technical so it demands a different style of riding and we also need to set the bike up in a different way.

"It's pretty tough on tyres as the majority of corners are long left handers so the wear on the left hand side of the tyre is quite significant.

"It takes a lot of work to get a good set-up in order to have a good pace for the race distance. I really enjoy this race, the atmosphere is amazing and the countryside is beautiful.

"We've always been pretty fast there and I'm sure with the Honda we can be competitive".

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July 12, 2011 2:57 PM

What people tend to forget is that stoner has got to where he is while not being on the best machinery. Ducati came out in 2007 with a gem of a bike but it still had to be ridden and no-one except him could do it. This year he has proven he is the fastest outright and can do the laptimes for longer than any of the other riders too. He just gets on with the job at hand, obviously when he explains why things may or may not have worked out he goes into a lot of technical detail, which I love because it tells you more the inner workings and sensitivity of these bikes as well as behind the scenes of what goes on in the pits. Some people may see it as whinging though. Each to their own i suppose. I have supported him from his 125GP days and will continue to do so IMO he is one of the greatest riders ever.


July 12, 2011 2:21 PM

@he does talk rubbish Jorge's current crew chief was Casey's at LCR Honda and he reckons Casey has got amazing sensitivity with his feeling on the bike, more than Jorge. He can go out and very quickly understand whether a change, or part or tyre, is doing what it's supposed to and then nail a lap at that pace and come straight in for the next change. He doesn't need to spend 6 laps trying to understand the change, he's an engineer's dream. That means Honda can get through a lot more testing in the same period and means testing is either a lot cheaper or they can have a faster pace of development.

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