2012 MotoGP Wallpaper
The reigning MotoGP Champion took more than a victory Sunday after dominating the Portuguese Grand Prix at Estoril. With the win, Casey Stoner has now won at all 18 tracks currently featured on the MotoGP calendar.
And the Australian won Estoril with usual dominance, just as he did the week before in Jerez. He started from the pole at Estoril, and although he was beat to turn one by his teammate Dani Pedrosa, Stoner was out front by turn 2.
Stoner then lead all 27 laps to take his second win of the 2012 MotoGP Championship. Following behind was his rival and round-one winner at Qatar, Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo. Taking the final podium was Pedrosa.
Casey Stoner (Repsol Honda RC213V MotoGP) says: “In the end it was another fantastic weekend for us. This morning we were more confident but also a little concerned because yesterday afternoon when we had a very similar setting to FP3 the bike was a little bit worse in the warm conditions. In warm up we didn’t have a big problem with chatter but then for the race, under the warmer conditions, we struggled a lot more. This was very difficult to ride with, in the first part of the race I was confident and attacking the track but I closed the front twice due to the chatter.
“From this point I backed of a little, tried to stay smooth and just wanted to stay in front of Jorge and Dani, but Jorge was coming strong. I had to try and keep my pace and not make too many mistakes, I was changing the mapping to try and reduce the chatter problem. Towards the end of the race I began to understand how to ride around it, this made things smoother and I found some more pace and was able to bring it home for a great race win.”
With his win, Stoner now leads the 2012 MotoGP Championship with 66 points after three of 18 rounds. Following a point behind is Lorenzo, with Pedrosa in third with 52 points.
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