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April 06, 2012 10:15 AM

MotoGP » Stoner subdues chatter to set early Qatar pace

LightSpeed, The concept was already in place. Prior to CRT, an independent team could lease the same factory bikes from Honda and Yamaha to give them the same equipment as the mighty factories. Effectively this was what Marco Simoncelli had last year. He was really the fourth factory Honda as Team Gresini leased the same bike Stoner, Pedrosa and Dovi used throughout the season. All the current CRT teams could have the same Honda and Yamaha used by Stoner and Lorenzo if they wanted to....hiwever, the problem is the massive costs of leasing these machines. They are simply unafforable to many non-factory teams as they cost multi millions per machine. You could run two or three CRT machines, plus have some Engineers on the side, and left over change for travel expenses for the same cost of leasing a factory bike. Many teams chose the CRT options as it makes more economic sense, plus also the realisation that even if they had the same machines, they're never going to beat Stoner an


April 06, 2012 7:56 AM

MotoGP » Stoner subdues chatter to set early Qatar pace

I think overall, the Honda and Yamaha were on par last season - Honda with the advantage out of corners and Yamaha in and around corners. However, I think this Yamaha is the best bike. I have no double if Stoner was on the Yamaha, he'd blitz it big time. Honda needs Casey Stoner in 2012 more than they ever needed any other rider in their history simply because Jorge and Yamaha make such a formidable combination.


April 03, 2012 12:09 AM

MotoGP » Qatar MotoGP: And the winner will be...

Lets put things into perspective, even for the most die-hard Rossi fans, if you had to bet with real money, e.g your mortgage, would you put money on Rossi or Stoner? Qatar is Stoner's second home track, his second Phillip Island. Prior to Stoner's MotoGP arrival in 2006 - Rossi was the dominant rider at Qatar. However in 2006, in his first year and just his second MotoGP race, Casey Stoner put the LCR Honda in pole position ahead of the mighty factory Yamaha and Hondas. His record at Qatar since is unmatched by any other rider: 2006 - Pole, Satellite LCR Honda 2007 - Win, Ducati 2008 - Win, Ducati 2009 - Win, Ducati 2010 - Crashed while leading. The Ducati front end let go 2011 - Win, Honda Four wins from the last five Qatar GP's. Stoner was leading comfortably in 2010 when, for once at Qatar, the Ducati let go and he couldn't over-ride it's limitations.


March 26, 2012 12:59 PM

MotoGP » 'Pleased' Valentino Rossi bins 'bad setup'

Liam said "to all stoner fans....remember laguna seca? haha" Of course we do. Those were the good old days, who could forget the beautiful red Ducati in all it's glory, the bike that had no right to be anywhere near the front, let alone challenged for poles and race wins. Still, it required some 'special' riding tactics from the best handling bike to beat it. Oh those were the good old days.


March 26, 2012 10:56 AM

MotoGP » Stoner: We can still improve the bike quite a bit

@wosideg Remember this classic from Rossi in 2010? "Stoner does not make the same effort as Lorenzo and Pedrosa, he does one lap out and comes back in. You can never tell what the bike is able to do over the distance. It's hard to judge the potential of Ducati because Stoner is not riding it hard enough" That Rossi rubbish, the same rubbish you speak about was put to bed in 2011. Maybe you know Stoner better than his Honda boss who said.. "... he's always sensitive, very aware and able to take extreme care over the smallest details. In fact, this causes a huge amount of work for us, responding to every little thing he points out. But every time we do, the result is clear, he gets better times from the bike. It's all worth it, this is the kind of rider we like."

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