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dmelb

April 08, 2012 9:26 AM
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MotoGP » Stoner concerned as 'huge' chatter returns


Interesting facts comparing Qatar qualifying 2011 to 2012. Stoner: 2011 - 1'54.137 2012 - 1'54.855 Net result: Went backwards 0.718secs Pedrosa: 2011 - 1'54.342 2012 - 1'55.905 Net result: Went backwards 1.563secs Lorenzo: 2011 - 1'54.947 2012 - 1'54.634 Net result: Improvement of 0.313secs Clearly the Yam have made big strides forward, while Honda went backwards - perhaps more so than Ducati. We can assume that Stoner's 2011 time and bike would comfortably blitz Lorenzo's in 2012, given Loreonzo's qualifying time is still about half a second slower than Stoner last year.

dmelb

April 08, 2012 9:18 AM

MotoGP » Stoner concerned as 'huge' chatter returns


The chattering problem is worse than the understeer problem plaguing Rossi. You go into a corner, the bike rattles and bumps and you can easily hit the deck hard. Therefore you have to be very cautious how hard to enter the corner and how much you lean. It is such a difficult thing to overcome. Stoner said he has to steer with the rear wheel in this situation, this means his rear tyres will degrade quicker in the race too. However, if anyone can upset Lorenzo in the race, it's Stoner - he just gotta remember that he won Qatar on the Duke three years in a row on a bike that was just as bad or maybe not as bad as the current Honda. Remember Casey 2007, 2008 & 2009. You were also leading comfortably in 2010 when the Duke's front end let go.

dmelb

April 07, 2012 11:52 PM
Last Edited 894 days ago

MotoGP » Stoner concerned as 'huge' chatter returns


Amazing effort by Stoner to grab 2nd & pushed the M1 to its limits despite the dreaded chatter. When the bikes were evenly matched in 2011, Casey was over 0.8sec faster than Jorge at this track. Can't help but think if he'd been on the M1, he would have been in the 1.53's Stoner is the only one with an Alien teammate, yet he's over 1sec quicker than Pedrosa. The fact that Crutchlow is nearly 0.8 up on Pedrosa shows how dominant the M1 is. It doesn't bode well for Honda. Nevertheless, Casey Stoner just gotta ride the living hell out of what he's been given, you can't ask for more than that. If it weren't for his skills, we'd witness an all Yam lockout. You could argue that the Duke might be a better package than the Honda this year, they have the advantage in top speed & the bike turns better than the Honda. Would love to see what time Casey could have hammered down on Rossi's bike. No matter what happens tomorrow, you know that Stoner will make a real fight of it.

dmelb

April 07, 2012 5:04 AM

MotoGP » Barbera top Ducati, Rossi aims for second row


When Stoner was winning on the Ducati, it was claimed because he had a top speed advantage. It was all because of the bike. Some delusional people on this site still make that claim. Well the current 2012 Duke has the top three speeds in Qatar so far. 1. Hayden (Ducati) 338.8 2. Barbera (Ducati) 338.3 3. Rossi (Ducati) 337.4 Going by those old top speed claims, the Duke should blast everyone to oblivion this year. But we know it aint going to happen.

dmelb

April 07, 2012 4:40 AM

MotoGP » Valentino Rossi to race Ferrari at Monza


Ridiculous. Absolutely ludicrous. He's done a half a$$ed job at best at Ducati and he's going to to race for Ferrari. For crying out loud, the Ducati guys are working their back sides off this guy and his response is .... 'You still need to build me a better bike that I can ride, I'm expecting good upgrades when I come back from my Rally and Ferrari joyrides'

dmelb

April 07, 2012 4:32 AM

MotoGP » Lorenzo puts Yamaha ahead in Qatar


I love the 2012 M1. By far the best looking bikes on the grid. Although the M1 is the best overall bike on the grid in 2012 - I think Stoner's skill will more than make up for the gap. In 2011 Stoner was about 0.8 sec quicker than Lorenzo in Qatar qualifying. If the 2012 Honda was well sorted (no chatter), and Stoner puts on the softs - I'd think he'd be closer to 1sec ahead of Lorenzo in qualifying in 2012. However the chattering issue on the Honda have evened things up in Lorenzo's favour, nevertheless, I still think Casey will take pole by 0.4sec - 0.5sec.

dmelb

April 07, 2012 4:22 AM

MotoGP » Stoner: We didn’t show what we’re capable of


It is very clear that last season the Honda and Yamaha were about equal machines. However, this year Yamaha have surpassed Honda. Their bikes are so stable and they don't suffer the massive issue of chattering. Stoner's time FP3 is incredible in that it was on used hard tyres and he once again, he had to ride the $hit out of the bike despite it's flaws - he is probably used to it given he had to live with the Ducati for four years. The way he appears to have managed the chatter issue somewhat is to dial down the electronics - let man and machine talk in harmony like they used to do in the good old days. They talk about limiting traction control, if they got rid of it altogether, Stoner would walk away with the championship.

dmelb

April 07, 2012 4:16 AM

MotoGP » Stoner: We didn’t show what we’re capable of


Nothing wrong with Stoner telling some guys they are breaking racing etiquette by hogging the racing lines with pedestrian pace. In F1, the slow guys move over the quicker guys - it's good etiquette. That's why many time we see Stoner looking backwards when he's on a cool lap - seeing if anyone is behind him so he doesn't block their hot laps. As for the Randy incident last year. Randy apologised for getting in the racing line.


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