Casey Stoner

Mo­toGP World Cham­pion ― 2007 and 2011

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‘marc is fan­tas­tic. He’s in­cred­i­bly fast and his re­ac­tion times are sec­ond to none — no one can get close to his re­ac­tion times. But I feel he’s so close to the edge all the time, at times un­nec­es­sar­ily. trends change. marc came in and was will­ing to go to those lim­its that oth­ers weren’t, so ev­ery­body started think­ing that’s what I’ve got to do to win. But you’re never go­ing to beat him at his own game, so don’t try. If he’s the best at that, you’re not go­ing to be bet­ter than him at that. you’re bet­ter off try­ing to find your speed in other ar­eas and play­ing to your own strengths.

‘Marc can fight and he can do all these things, but he can make mis­takes, so I think the big­gest thing you’d have to do is get out front, put in some fast laps at the be­gin­ning of the race and make him chase you down. Do­ing that he’s go­ing to have to ride on an edge that he’s not overly com­fort­able with and, there­fore, mis­takes will oc­cur.

‘Peo­ple keep ask­ing me if I could beat marc, but Jorge [lorenzo], An­drea [Dovizioso] and oth­ers have beaten him, and I could beat them, so I see no rea­son I couldn’t. But a few things have changed in Mo­toGP — Marc fights pretty damn hard! I also think he works harder than ev­ery­one else. He trains harder and he works harder at his weak­nesses. If you work harder than your op­po­nents, gen­er­ally the re­sults come.

‘one of the big­gest things I see too much of in the mo­toGP pad­dock is pride. ev­ery­body’s too proud, so they want the bike to suit them, they want the bike to fit them. But the eas­i­est thing to change is you. to re-en­gi­neer a bike takes a lot of money and ef­fort and you don’t al­ways get it right. Adapt­ing your­self can be quicker. you are never too old to learn, so if you want to beat marc, you’ve got to work on any weak­nesses in any ar­eas of your rid­ing.

‘When I was rac­ing, a lot of peo­ple didn’t re­al­ize that dirt track was so im­por­tant. Dirt track is why I was able to con­trol the power. In dirt track there’s such a fine line be­tween each per­son, so it’s a bit like road rac­ing. They’re both about the fine de­tails: look­ing for grip, then try­ing to find it again when the grip starts go­ing away, be­cause you can’t leave it to the elec­tron­ics. In dirt track I’d be look­ing for that point, right on the end of a slick line, try­ing to find some lit­tle bit of dirt that’d give me the grip to out­ride my op­po­nents in some un­ortho­dox way. that’s ba­si­cally what I did on the Ducati.’

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