HERE WE GO AGAIN...
When the bike media hack pack “quotes” Casey Stoner, I just wish they would do this “verbatim” – instead of injecting their own interpretation too, which tends to appear as mere “slant & spin” on what was actually said in reality... This habit of many journalists only serves to change the context of what was said – even why & how it was said – and also tends to change the “context”. As any more intelligent person knows - context is everything. Things taken out of context are usually misunderstood. Yes?
Take this wee gem from MCN’s Matt Birt: “Stoner’s unease with Bridgestone grew during the recent British Grand Prix when he blamed a severe deterioration in rear grip for his failure to defeat title rival Jorge Lorenzo.” No, Matt – that’s NOT what HE said at all – he didn’t actually say that – especially the last & highlighted bit. The last 7 words is what YOU interpreted & added in to spice-up the story & the “quote”...
Unfortunately, the way that then reads is that Stoner is making it “personal” to Lorenzo & presenting it as an “excuse”. He didn’t, hasn’t & he isn’t! He was merely stating his view of his performance & the facts about the Race - as he experienced it from his perch on the seat of the RC213V – and why he “faded” before making a superb effort in braking very hard & using his incredible (manual) throttle control to drive out on the ragged edge of any adhesion to just get 2nd from his team-mate, Dani Pedrosa.
Sure – Stoner complained about a lack of “edge-grip” which hampered him mid-corner & on corner exits (one of his strong points) after Lap 5. Fact of the matter is – so did Ben Spies! Stoner led for 6 x Laps & Spies for 4 x Laps before the tyre problem for both riders became too much to hold their original pace (which even Lorenzo said he really struggled with in simply hanging on) – which raises the distinct possibility of “quality control issues” with Bridgestone these days. Dedicated fans would either have to be ignorant, suffer selective amnesia & be biased in the extreme to not accept that a “dud” tyre (especially in its “compounding”) can be a reality that has happened on numerous occasions in GP history.
I make no apology whatsoever for dwelling on & examining the subject of media-manipulated “semantics” here. The history of Stoners rivalry with Rossi since 2007 is littered with an almost orchestrated litany of media-manufactured “controversies” that invariably painted Stoner in the worst light & imbued him with a certain “reputation” that was deceitfully undeserved. These days, many have come to recognise his veracity & openness for what it is – ask a question – get an honest & non PR-slanted answer, warts-n-all! Stoner says what he thinks & what people need to know. This is sometimes different from what they expected or what they wanted to hear. Are you listening, Dorna?
After this season, the media won’t have a genuine “great” & the fastest rider of his generation around to misquote & paint “negative” anymore - so they will have to find another “whipping boy”. Pity that after 2 x World Titles & 42 x GP Wins to date - old habits seem to die hard.