STONER ON RIVALS & THEIR DUCATI RASH...
Spent the last month roaming around NZ - sailing on the Hauraki Gulf & faffing about in the alpine bush until foul, torrentially wet Kiwi summer weather suggested we may well be washed right out into the valleys & flats. Missed all the fun here on MCN but decided to contribute by quoting from NZ bike magazine Motorcycle Trader and Terry Stevenson’s interview with the 2007 & 2012 MotoGP Champion:
Q: “What do you think is the reason everybody else struggles on the Ducati?”
Casey Stoner’s answer: “In some ways I think one big reason is because people saw what I was doing with it and expected it to be better. People seem to have trouble understanding why I am fast and they find no reason for it other than the bike. So they get on the bike immediately expecting it to be good. But when they get there, they are shocked, it mentally destroys them for a while and they can’t recover themselves and get back onto it.
I think another reason is that they are just slightly scared of it: when a thing isn’t reacting the way they want it to, they don’t like it and, maybe they want the bike to change and they don’t change themselves enough. Sometimes you have to change yourself, not the bike.”
Q: “Do you think that is Casey Stoner’s secret? You could read the bike at that circuit?”
A: “One of my biggest strengths is that I do adapt to the bike and the conditions more than other people do. Others try to adapt the bike to the conditions, and I think this is where they make mistakes ...”
So, any prizes for guessing just WHO he is primarily talking about? 6 x chassis iterations for no result = failure on failure and even more failure with the record speaking volumes for itself ... I don’t and never have “hated” Rossi - but he sure has burned so many friendships and very definitely dug a super- deep hole for himself with his mouth to try and extricate back out from when it came to Stoner and the Ducati. In this regard he was aided & abetted by Jerry Burgess too.
Hubris has a habit of biting sufferers of the malaise on the arse sooner or later. Anyone with intelligence, maturity & experience can understand why Stoner is a tad triumphal & sarcastic after years of abuse, put-downs and a demonstrable failure by some alleged “fans” and even some in the bike media in recognising his towering talent. Ignore the demented dribbling of the reality deniers and put your money on him again for 2012. When it is all over – just as at the close of 2011 – I will be the first to say, “I told you so!” Cheers