They say it ain’t over till it’s over, but if Casey Stoner continues in this devasting manner and taking his 7th win of the season (11 podiums in 12 races and his worst result was a DNF caused by Rossi ) of the 2011 season at Indianapolis, Jorge Lorenzo will have to pack in his #JL a lot sooner than anyone expected.
The Australian despite his usual ‘complaints’ (he’s never satisfied) has virtually been uncontested in these last three races as soon as he gets out front and is now on a winning spree and stronger than ever.
Here’s what all three Repsol Honda riders had to say after the race:
Casey Stoner - 1st
“We got an ok start and I should have been a little more aggressive in the first corner. As I entered turn two Dani hit the breaks quite hard and I just had nothing, my brakes weren’t warmed up yet and I had trouble stopping, I was lucky to get through the first lap.
The race was tough, conditions were very hot and the track surface a little more slippery than practice and qualifying which made things difficult to know how much to push. At one point I closed the front and dropped the bike on my knee, I was pretty much down but managed to pick it back up and not lose too much confidence. From there we started to make our way past Dani, put in a few good lap times and pull an advantage.
Under challenging track conditions everything has worked really well this weekend, the crew did a fantastic job and gave me a great bike so a huge thanks to them all!”.
Dani Pedrosa - 2nd
“We are very happy with second place today for several reasons. After yesterday’s qualifying session, we had to work hard to reduce the one second gap we had from Casey [Stoner], it wasn’t normal to be so far away from him.
To finish second after the crash in Brno is a great feeling. I knew that my race pace wouldn’t be as fast as Casey’s, but the team did a very good job, helped me to feel more comfortable with the front and I was able to find a good rhythm, just 3-4 tenths slower than Casey. It was a tough race being alone, but I focused on my lap times and I made my best lap at the end, so I’m happy with my performance and the bike.
To get 20 points is not so bad after the crash in Brno and I look forward to going to Misano next week to try and take another step forward”.
Andrea Dovizioso - 5th
“I can’t be happy with today’s result because our target was the podium and gaining some points on Lorenzo, but we also have to look at the positives and I’m pleased I managed a 1′40.1 lap time, my fastest of the race on my final lap.
Considering the demanding conditions of this track and the hot temperatures, this lap time shows that we were fast even at the end. We had a bad start, Nicky [Hayden] blocked me and then Ben [Spies] and I touched in turn four and I lost valuable time and positions. From that moment I tried to remain focused and lap by lap I found the pace that allowed me to recover positions.
We knew that the race would be tough and it really was. It was also a strange race, from the beginning we had no rear grip and especially in the first laps I had the feeling that the front was closing a lot. However, I was able to change my mentality and adapt my riding style to the conditions in order to manage the tyres in the best way and ride consistently.
We are competitive and we go to Misano, my home GP very determined and confident of a good result”.