"This developed Casey’s mind from a very young age to do this and it was a big weapon for him in MotoGP. He needed no time to build up his speed and that was very impressive."
It was a weapon when it worked but too often it seemed, Stoner never had a plan B.
If he couldn't make a break and skedaddle he'd burn his tyres up and suffer later in the race or..he'd crash trying.
Five race crashes within Six laps 2010 was NOT taming the beast..it's Five crashes. Pushing too hard too soon.
38 wins in six seasons says he should have won more titles if not for the lack of race craft.
All the limited mileage in testing and practice indicate that Stoner thought he didn't have to put the hard yards in, especially after he moved to Honda and was on the best bike.
Did he under estimate his opposition, prefering to be cheeky and laugh in their faces by using this fast from the off tactic to demoralise, and leave others scratching heads?
Of course he did..it was kinda Casey's signature wasn't it?
Genius when pulled off..Not so clever when it backfired and his championship hopes disintegrated.
Still..who gives a fck. It's all about the wins innit?
The championship is just a bonus at the end of the year?