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February 04, 2016 12:06 PM

MotoGP » Casey Stoner: Ducati’s fastest engineer

Stylo: Fact is his wife lets him dabble in motorsport. After the birth of his child, racing had to stop. She won't allow him to compete and if hes injured during testing, she'll stop that too.
I think you overstate her influence. It is not that long ago that Honda's Endurance bike had brake failure, spat him off and broke his leg. His recent work with Ducati shows she obviously hasn't banned him from the track, and with testing and racing times being so close the risks and consequences don't differ much.


February 04, 2016 2:15 PM

MotoGP » Rossi: I think Stoner wants to race

"No, No, I don't want to race" " We want you to- how's another million dollars sound ?" "No, No, I don't want to race" " Two million dollars ? " "No, No, I don't want to race" "Three million dollars" "No, No, I don't want to race" " 5 million dollars, protection from the media, a sports psychologist constantly by your side, a Ferarri at every circuit and a Toys-R-us charge card for the kiddie- " " Hmm ?" "and and a look-alike doppelganger to sit in the pits and look cheerful while you have a room to yourself for de-brief." "Where do I sign ? " Only joking ! ( running, weaving and ducking )( but CS knows what he wants and everyone has their price ).


February 04, 2016 12:36 PM

MotoGP » Casey Stoner: Ducati’s fastest engineer

Codger: Tetley.....When you take into account how he started the season last year you have to wonder what happened. Maybe he'll come back to his top 5 form with a couple of podiums thrown in, maybe he wont. I certainly don't think that he'll throw in the towel. There are 8 Ducatis giving feedback this year so maybe he'll benefit, we'll see.
CS being fastest Ducati in these tests can have one of two possible consequences for the others- it either spurs the team riders onwards to greater things, OR disheartens them, breaks their self-belief, and they fade into the mid-field. I’d guess that young-gun Ianone would probably follow my first scenario, while Dovi, who has been around for years but hasn’t broken through to the very top, is the more likely of the pair to be victim of the second option. It's so hard to fathom which and why- we are only allowed to see a small proportion of their lives, and Dovi shuns the limelight when away from the track so his circumstan


February 04, 2016 11:56 AM

MotoGP » Casey Stoner: Ducati’s fastest engineer

Codger: As a Dovi fan I'm shooting myself in the foot...... here is something for Casey's fans :- October Sepang race, fastest Ducati was Dovi in 5th with a fastest lap of 2.01.493. February Sepang test, fastest Ducati was Stoner in 5th with a fastest lap of 2.01.070. You're welcome :)
Oh the pernicious hand of fickle lady fate. I have always liked Cal's gung-ho attitude since the days when 4th place was an excellent result for a satellite team, and I really enjoyed the rivalry he had with Dovi when they were together at Tech3. No-one ever knew which of them would prevail on any given day. Last year was a bit of a hiatus for both of them so I'm pleased to see Honda seeking Cal's opinion and him going so well. However, like yourself to me Dovi seems to be in the doldrums. Maybe he's losing his appetite? Maybe circumstances off-track are weighing upon him? There must be some tangible reason for his progressive slide into the also-rans and is not lack of talent..


February 03, 2016 1:36 PM

MotoGP » Sepang MotoGP test times - Wednesday (Final)

TrueFan: I can't understand why Gigi announced that Stoner won't test in Australia. Especially since he was the fastest Ducati.
That surprised me, too. When Stoner came to Sepang I hoped he would prompt Dovi to prove that he deserves the best Ducati seat, despite a lukewarm 2015. That hasn’t happened. It prompts the questions- " Is Dovi jealous of the media's focus on CS"? I don't think so because Dovi kept a low profile anyway. "Has Dovi influenced CS' absence from PI to re-focus attention back where needed ie onto himself?”. Reasonable. "is Dovi past his sell-by date?" That would be a pity but it happens to most riders eventually, with notable exceptions being Hailwood, Dunlop, McWilliams and the venerable VR. “Does Gigi want to avoid the team becoming “The Casey Show?”. Yes. “is CS confirmed in his reluctance to race? Is he content just to show he has still “got it”?” Only he knows. OR Is Gigi craftily heightening CS’ desire to race more? Shrewd.

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