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Matthew Birt  says:

Australia MotoGP: Casey Stoner storms to home pole position

Casey Stoner will start his home race tomorrow as a red-hot favourite to claim a fifth successive victory at the spectacular Phillip Island circuit after he stormed to pole position earlier today. The Australian set a best time of 1.29.975 to clinch his fifth successive pole in 2011 and his 11th of a brilliant world championship campaign. The Repsol Honda rider was...

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Jun 09

Posts: 887

aquarius says:


2 x Interesting stories here from “non-bike media” sources for a change:            (and a 4 piece wrist)... life-20111014-1lp41.html

My “theory “on this lack of recognition, for what it’s worth, is that Casey Stoner achieved very early in peak bike racing life. In this regard, he is akin to “Fast Freddie Spencer” who also won his first 500cc crown @ 22 (and incredibly went on to the “double” – 250 AND 500cc in 1985). For example, at just 25 years of age, Stoner has won 31 Senior Class GP’s. At the same age, Doohan had won just 1 – and, later at 27, the criminally negligent medical treatment inflicted after his crash @ Assen in 1992 meant amputation of his leg was not just seriously considered, but highly recommended! Wayne Gardner and Doohan were around and highly visible for quite some time before they gained their Titles (in Gardner’s case, his 1 in 1987). In that sense, they were recognised as having “paid their dues”...

By contrast, the World has very much changed since the 80’s and 90’s – and not for the better. The disparity in wealth and ever-growing gap between the haves and have nots is wider & deeper now than since feudal times. Riders used to be celebrated for their on track “performance success” – never mind anything else, like pantomimes or comedy shows. In the long “age of Rossi” (1997-2009), Stoner very much flew “under the radar” before blazing onto the Senior GP scene in 2007 like an asteroid striking the Earth. For many this was unheralded and totally surprising - those who only watched and/or were aware of the “big names” were stunned!

Frustrated & disappointed their favourite, Rossi, had been beaten for the 2nd season in a row – and by a fresh-faced 22 year-old “unknown” Australian kid at that, was all too much to bear for some. These, who included some motorcycle media, sought “advantages” for Stoner that were & still are just excuses & camouflage for his sheer raw talent & speed. The social & economic conditions of the late 2,000’s meant also a side-issue of that BIG surprise was deep & lasting resentment and jealousy: - this “jumped-up, inarticulate nobody” was not only mega-wealthy, with a “glam-wag” partner and feted as World Champion – he had comprehensively beaten all, including Rossi – until then the undisputed and warmly accepted “fun” multiple champ that everyone felt they “knew”.

What to do? Invent personality problems and confect psycho-babble rubbish as a means to diminish & question a great young rider. What a cruel, self-inflicted joke on the Stoner-resenting/Rossi -worshipping Zombies & some bike media 2011 has turned out to be. Without being too D&M - one person’s “Mudita” can be another’s “Schadenfreude”. To me – both are perfectly relevant in their own highly specific way.
“As ye sow, so shall ye reap” Jeremiah 1 – 19. Discuss. Cheers

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Oct 07

Posts: 1302

hugelean says:

Great run by Casey at the end of qp and very nice to watch.. Aquarius magnanimous as ever.. . Casey is praised for his on track performance by all and sundry, no question. He's also alright when he isn't under pressure, stop making out he's some sort of moron you sound like his social worker.. he really doesn't need your charity and I suspect wouldn't thank you too much for bringing it up, would probably put your keyboard warrior to the test. As for 2nd season in a row the last time Casey beat Rossi was 4 years ago yep that's a surprisingly long time for such a dominant rider..In short there are better stat available 3 or 4 years int he wilderness is a long time.. Perhaps you should rename him the 'comeback kid'. Your hotdog stand beckons king of the bun slicers..

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Nov 09

Posts: 290

diceman23 says:

As expected

Looks like Stoner is going to continue his hometrack dominance. 2nd and 3rd steps of the podium could be interesting though. Outside shot of Bautista on the bottom step if Sic bins it and he can get some air between him and Dovi

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Aug 11

Posts: 687

Bootlegger says:


Stone cold Stoner,as ever, imperious at home and mostly everywhere else, 11th pole ? Even brought a smile from Doohan. The rest of the grid placings were entertaining. Tell you what. Lorenzo was hugely impressive. King Kenny said back then that this bloke essentially does not accept quit as an option and it showed again. What I found enlightening in the post quali press conference was Stoner alluding to doing it at PI on a new bike. Ducati is generally all he knew in GP at PI. Remarkable adaptability. I just know some fool will blame Preziosi for securing 6th and 10th at PI on lesser Euro, Ducati kit. Capirex was winning races when he was Rossi's age on Preziosi's D16 . The way Rossi was riding his GP12/11.46/800 tells me he's gone into 'vulture' mode'. Stay upright and poach the spoils of war.Prays to the footpeg that Simmo and Hayden don't overtake him in the standings. A rain dance ? Sometimes salvation. Hell ! Stoner rules in the wet anyway. As a piece of kit, Ducati has been awesome in the wet over the years. 


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May 09

Posts: 514

leecho says:


still pulling ya plonker over stoner i see, you seem to have missed out 2006, when he spent most of his time in the gravel.

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Sep 11

Posts: 2284

YamahaGYTR says:

Expected nothing new.

At the front and who would get pole position when it comes to this round. But the main talking point for me was the Spies crash in the opening minutes of that session thankfully he didn't get hurt very badly and was able to continue which was a good thing 7th is not so bad after a incident like that hopefully he gets of the line well and delivers a good race a podium would be awesome.

GO SPIES!!!!!!!!!!

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Apr 11

Posts: 137

mike2265 says:

I bet Dovi was pissed at Bautista - sticking to his tail for the whole lap and pipping him for 4th because of it - he would have been real pissed if simo hadn't later pipped them both for 3rd.

Leecho - it was his first year of motogp, he was on the LCR honda and he pushes the crap out of any substandard bike he's on which means crashes.

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Jun 11

Posts: 2513

PaceyCasey says:

'Hopefully' Stoner can bring it home first. Looking forward to a good scrap from the chasing pack and Dani should liven things up being so far back.

Brilliant quali from Bautista.

Well done Nicky.

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Jun 11

Posts: 2513

PaceyCasey says:


13th.............................. Not quite the 'strong PI performance' expected by Vale. Expectations outweighing the cold, hard facts perhaps?

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Aug 02

Posts: 2319

Hedgehog5 says:

No mention of Capirossi's stunning ride on the satellite Ducati to 10th on the grid despite his dislocated shoulder injury that still requires surgery... very nearly top non-factory bike... top rides also by Stoner, Bautista & Hayden... let's hope for a good race.

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