‘ Tis true ...
After Round 5 @ Catalunya in 2011 – Lorenzo led Stoner by 15 points – 106 to 91. Remember too that Stoner got 0 points @ Jerez in Round 2 in 2011 when a certain excitable Italian bloke mixed up his ambition with his ability & knocked Stoner off... So, trailing @ this exact juncture when compared to last year by just 5 less Points isn’t any great tragedy.
Talking facts, instead of infantile insults - of more concern to Stoner must be that the “new” Type 33 Bridgestones cause even more “chatter” on the RC213V than the “old” ones do. And with Stoner the only guy that could get enough heat into the old, hard compound, front (and this suited him perfectly) to make it work superbly for him – and which will be off the menu from Silverstone – HRC really do have to find a solution to the “Dorna 4 x kg ballast” issue. With Honda being the masters of “mass centralisation” – the added weight seems to have unduly upset Stoner’s applecart a good bit more than the lighter Pedrosa. In retrospect, both he & Pedrosa must regret not going with everyone else on the softer compound @ Catalunya... even Stoner himself correctly predicted B4 the race this was the very first Round in 2012 that would be a battle of tyres.
In his pre-race interview here in Oz, he stated his plan was to hang back & stay out of trouble in the early laps & rely on the “better wearing” hard compound to pick-up the pace & move up in the latter stages. It never happened, of course. Dani went like a streak of weasel piss & everyone on the “softs” buggered-off and never came back to him at all. This was a triumph for Bridgestone, proving that the newer flexible carcass & softer compound wears well & is “manageable” all race long. HRC shot themselves in the foot with this one – but the riders obviously chose on the basis of experience & testing. So ... c’est la vie!
Lorenzo is riding superbly, not allowing any significant error to date - or having the weight of trying so hard to defend his Title and making wee mistakes – as he did last year @ Silverstone in that crash-fest caused by so much Brit liquid sunshine.
I wondered if armchair “experts” such as ratchetman & supermasturbator et al were thinking of complaining to Tech Trois about Crutchlow’s “reluctance” to risk life & limb in attempting to get a pass on Stoner. For big, honking Geese & Zombies of that ilk - have a read of Cal’s comments on this very site: “I think if I could have passed Casey I could have gone with Andrea. I was strong in some parts of the track and Casey in others, so each time I'd close up, he would be able to pull away and manage the gap. I couldn't do anything else to get by him but he's not the World Champion for nothing. He rode brilliantly and I've got to be happy to be so close to him on a track I've only raced on twice now...” Not too bad on the “wrong” tyres (as at Le Mans in Round 4 too where Stoner & Pedrosa both “fried” them) is it?
Take it in and learn something – for a change – instead of hurling stupid & shallow accusations of a distinct lack of guts around – as you did for Lorenzo, who also couldn’t get past Stoner in Rounds 2 or 3 @ Jerez & Estoril either. Of course, geniuses like you lot prefer to think his 2 x World Titles & 42 x GP Wins came in a plain brown wrapper in the mail.
Roll-on Silverstone & let’s see what the next chapter holds for 21012.