ad hominem (Latin for "to the man" or "to the person")
Nakamoto on Stoner..(the man or his personality)
" Round Eight in Germany, and all our plans went out the window. In that race, he didn’t even need to win, finishing behind Dani would have been good enough. It was impatience that led to his crash and a no-point race result. And this led to his behaviour at the following GP in Italy..he couldn’t calm down and get his set-up done properly, and rode a poor race to finish eighth which knocked him right back in the championship points table. If only he had finished properly in Germany, he would likely have ridden as steadily as usual in the following races and possibly would have escaped injury in Round 11 at Indianapolis."
" When it came to choosing his bike too, while Dani was full of praise for the new chassis, Casey reckoned it wasn’t much different and stuck with the older one. It wasn’t just Dani..Stefan liked the new chassis and used it for the final GP at Valencia, and when Alvaro tried it in the post-season test he also declared it excellent.
" Now that I think on it, pushing Casey to test the new bike after the Italy GP was maybe a mistake. I guess I should have waited a bit longer until he had regained his composure. If I’d waited, he might have been able to see things clearer and appreciate the quality of the new bike...I wouldn’t say his personality is completely mature yet."
Unfortunately for #27ers, Shuei Nakamoto IS talking about the man and his personality.
The boss of HRC relates how, in this instance, he believes that Casey's mind set was distracted and on a negative. He blames himself for not man managing properly but, in reality he shouldn't have had to wipe a twice WC's arse for him. A Husband and a Father.
Sport at this level is 95% between the ears. When the going gets tough, the tough get going and all that business..
For me and plenty of others who watch the racing, Casey Stoner was a hell of a rider..but a great racer?
When the going got tough..he generally bailed.
The antithesis of dogged - woof woof - Australian sporting heroes.
Rather a disappointment given the ability.