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Stoner, Lorenzo enjoy wheel-to-wheel action

“Casey didn't give up very easily to let me take the position. I like to race with this kind of rider” - Jorge Lorenzo
By Stephen English

The fight for victory at the British Grand Prix saw Jorge Lorenzo and Casey Stoner go wheel to wheel in a succession of overtaking manoeuvres that ultimately gave the Spaniard the lead.

The riders battled from the final corner of lap 11 all the way to turn five of lap 12, with each making daring moves to lead the race.

Speaking afterwards about the battle it was clear that Lorenzo enjoyed the wheel to wheel element of the fight, but with a championship always in his mind it was also an anxious moment for the title leader.

“Fighting [like this] and trying to win the world championship you don't enjoy a fight like this! One part of you is enjoying it but the other part is very tense and nervous!” he said.

Even so, the respect that Lorenzo holds his rival with was clear when he went on to say, “Casey didn't give up very easily to let me take the position. I like to race with this kind of rider.”

With Stoner hampered by severe rear tyre wear he felt that it was impossible to defend against Lorenzo.

“In the middle of the corner it was easy for him to turn up the inside of us and get past,” said the Australian. “It was almost impossible [to keep ahead of Lorenzo], we got to the first left hander and that was it, game over.

“He pulled straight away and I couldn't do anything. For the first few laps I tried to brake deep and push hard, but every time I'd do that I'd lose the rear.”

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Kettle Pot - Unregistered

June 18, 2012 5:03 PM

@DDD Couldn't agree more with your comments about the commentators. Charlie knows nowt and Parrish, who should be able to give us an insight, due to his racing background, only offers up the same drivel each week while continually missing the action. Whitham and Burnicle or any of the other moto1 and moto2 commentators would be a great improvement, so would showing the door to Azi Fairlycrap and Pratt Roberts, imo.

DDD - Unregistered

June 18, 2012 3:54 PM

It was so obvious to see SC having no mid corner speed, Lorenzo could ride around the outside when ever he wanted and CS was on egg shells not to fall. The British commentators really annoyed me at this point, they were not calling the race and not paying attention, just rabbiting on with their gibberish. If they cannot pay attention and call the race accurately, maybe they are bored and it it time for someone else to take the mic.

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