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Stoner to work on chatter at Le Mans

“I think this year both the Honda's and Yamaha's will be competitive there” - Casey Stoner.
Often thought of as a Yamaha circuit, Honda riders claimed a one-two at Le Mans last season and defending winning Casey Stoner expects an even content between the leading MotoGP brands this weekend.

Without the Marco Simoncelli/Dani Pedrosa collision, Honda riders could have filled the top four places a track where Yamaha was unbeaten from 2008-2010.

But the new 1000cc era has seen the M1 close the gap on the factory RCVs, which continue to be troubled by a stubborn chatter problem.

Stoner, who took the title lead from Lorenzo by a single point with his second victory in three 2012 starts, intends to work further on finding a fix for the vibration this weekend.

“The past two tracks have not historically been my best but I've managed wins at both of them so I'm hoping we can go to Le Mans and be competitive again,” began Stoner.

“I've had some mixed results there in the past, the track layout is unique, it's a little stop-start with a lot of braking and I think this year both the Honda's and Yamaha's will be competitive there.

“It was disappointing that the weather in Estoril on Monday prevented us from testing, we need to work on the chatter issue we have on the bike, so let's hope we have some dry sessions from day one in Le Mans so we can get out on track and work on it".

Stoner believes the arm-pump he has suffered this year is related to the chatter.

Tagged as: Honda , Yamaha , Casey Stoner , Estoril

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May 15, 2012 12:31 PM

the races are never dull for me , i enjoy and look forward to every race and session , even the practices and quallies are a battle of speed these days and for me a great time every time.


May 16, 2012 12:15 AM

"I didn't say stoners riding was boring, just that he is! So you tell me what makes him interesting off the track?" Since when did riders have to dress in chicken suits and take a leak in a portaloo to be popular? Casey is interesting off the track. He loves fishing. I love fishing. He's been on TV fishing shows in Australia. Personally, I don't care what he's like off track. I'm not sure Doohan, Lawson, Rainey were particularly exciting off track, but I'm here to watch the RACING not the circus.

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