The 2012 MotoGP Championship went from sour to sweet for Repsol Honda’s Casey Stoner following the Australian’s win at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Before the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix, Stoner had amassed three wins (Jerez, Estoril, Assen), but then suffered a crash and ultimate DNF at Sachsenring, and an eighth-place finish at Mugello.
But Stoner found something extra in the Honda RC213V’s setup, and went on to take his fourth win of the season at Laguna Seca. Joining him on the podium was Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo and the other Repsol Honda rider, Dani Pedrosa.
Casey Stoner (Repsol Honda RC213V MotoGP) says: “It’s been a difficult weekend for us in general especially trying to make the hard tire work. So for the race I decided to go with the soft option and be a little more careful with the tire, keep a little more traction and not spin so much. At the beginning of the race I tried to move to the front but Dani and Jorge were riding very good lines and it was impossible to get past. I decided to slow the lap times a little and try to save the tires until the end and then we could start to come back.
“I was confident for the entire race that I had enough pace for the win, we just needed to make sure the tire would last until the end. When we got to the front we put in some good laps and pulled some small advantage and just continued from there. I’m very, very happy and a big thanks to all the team.”
With his second-place finish, Lorenzo continues to lead the MotoGP series after 10 of 18 rounds, the 2010 Champion 23 points ahead of Pedrosa. Stoner remains in third, 32 points behind Lorenzo.
Attached above are video highlights of 2012 Laguna Seca MotoGP; for a review, including full results and points, click here.
Photo by Ara Ashjian