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dmelb

January 03, 2012 1:59 PM

MotoGP » MotoGP Rider of the Year vote: 1st


Of course races you can't compete in shouldn't count against you. Pedrosa broke both collar bones, Lorenzo sliced a finger, Rossi broke a leg, Stoner was ordered by his doctor to take time off for half a season. He competed as best as he could to the point where had to pull the pin. What do you expect these guys to do when they're injured beyond the point of physically handling the bike? Risk themselves getting killed? No one is disputing the bike was ****, and is still ****. What you don't appreciate is the skills, guts and determination Stoner has to turn such a **** bike into a remarkably competitive bike. No one has been able to do this. Rossi's efforts proves that Stoner is not just an ordinary Alien, he makes other Aliens look like Earthlings. I have no doubt if Stoner was on the Ducati in 2011 with Rossi, he would have destroyed Rossi on the same bike and would have only lost to Lorenzo and maybe Pedrosa if he weren't injured.

dmelb

January 03, 2012 1:48 PM
Last Edited 920 days ago

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Brilliant stuff from Stoner to Rossi after the Jerez crash. The best MotoGP sledge of all time. It was still early on in the season, not everyone appreciated how good Stoner is (yet). He had the balls to say that to a 7x Champion and bigger balls to ride the heck out of the Honda to dominate the season. Ambition is more than talent - on reflection, how absolutely true! Stoner (smiling): “How's your shoulder? Is it okay?” Rossi (helmet still on): “I'm very sorry.” Stoner: “Okay. You have some problem with your shoulder?” Rossi: “I make a mistake” Stoner: “Yeah. Obviously your ambition outweighed your talent.” Rossi: “Eh?” Stoner: “Ambition is more than the talent.” Rossi: “I'm very sorry.” Stoner: “No problem.”

dmelb

January 03, 2012 1:21 PM
Last Edited 920 days ago

MotoGP » MotoGP Rider of the Year vote: 1st


Over the moon, you need to get off the drugs and return from la-la land. In 2009 Stoner only competed in 13x races out of 18, three missed races due to recovering from a lactose related illness. It was his worst year on the Ducati, yet he still gave Ducati fourth place. Behind Pedrosa by only 14 points, though he had twice as many wins as Pedrosa and only 1x less win than Lorenzo on the Yamaha that year despite competing in less GP's. 2009 was Stoner's worst year on the Duke, yet he still achieved 8x podiums, 4x Victories, 3x pole positions and 220 Championship points from 13x races. He was only beaten by fellow Aliens - Rossi, Lorenzo & Pedrosa in his worst years. His 2009 & 2010 points would have earned him 4th place ahead of Pedrosa in 2011. Just a whisker away from third place. Rossi by contrast competed in 17x races, zero wins, zero pole, 1x gifted podium, 139 Championship points...and even Toni Elias out-qualified Rossi in 2011.

dmelb

January 01, 2012 11:48 PM

MotoGP » MotoGP Rider of the Year vote: 1st


Jeremy Burgess argues that Honda's new gearbox isn't the key to HRC's preseason dominance but rather the addition of Casey Stoner. "Honda haven't done anything special except hire a new rider (Stoner)," Burgess said. "And I don't understand the fuss on the Honda gearbox - it is totally standard engineering these days. The Honda is going well but the bike is very similar to what it was at the end of last year. There are no miracles there." h**p://moto-racing.speedtv.com/article/motogp-no-miracles-needed-at-honda-just-casey-stoner/P1

dmelb

January 01, 2012 11:57 AM
Last Edited 922 days ago

MotoGP » MotoGP Rider of the Year vote: 1st


???, you have much to learn. When Stoner was in 125 and 250, he was riding low budget satellite bikes. While guys like Pedrosa was on factory bikes. Yet Stoner still showed remarkable skill by winning races. When Stoner went to MotoGP, he was still riding for a low budget satellite team - LCR, perennial last placed getters. They are like Virgin & Hispanic Racing in F1. Yet, remarkably Stoner put the LCR on pole position in just his second MotoGP race. It's like Virgin beating Red Bull and McClaren for pole position in F1 by a driver in his second ever F1 race - it was a monumental achievement. In 2007 when Stoner was finally on a factory bike - Ducati, he showed what he could do. In 2011, Stoner was finally getting the same factory support that guys like Rossi and Pedrosa have had all their professional lives. Luxuries he never had before until he joined Honda in 2011.


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