2012 Casey Stoner MotoGP Wallpaper
Though clearly fed up with the single-tire rule and the CRT field, Repsol Honda’s Casey Stoner continued to show why he is the reigning MotoGP Champion last weekend at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
The Australian was coming off two rounds of bad results – a DNF at Sachsenring and an eighth at Mugello – but returned to the top at Laguna Seca, taking the win by over three seconds ahead of Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo and the other Repsol Honda rider, Dani Pedrosa.
Stoner qualified third on the grid behind Lorenzo, but was able to take the lead over on lap 11 of 32. He went on to lead the rest of the race.
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.”
Stoner’s victory at the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix was his fourth this season after 10 of 18 rounds. He now is in third in the championship, 32 points behind Lorenzo. Pedrosa is in second, 23 behind Lorenzo.
Attached above is wallpaper highlighting Stoner’s performance at Laguna Seca.
Photos by Ara Ashjian
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