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GP Week : Issue 36
>>MOTOINSIGHT #2 – Casey Stoner – Ducati JUSTIFIABLY second on points, Stoner deserved that position, and deserved it to be close. It’s true that Rossi took him to pieces a bit at the American GP and thereafter, reminding everyone of the ‘Rolling Stoner’tag he’d earned with his frequent crashes in 2006. But remember this: Stoner was still just 22 for most of the year, and he’s desperately fast, and certainly not slowing down any. Whatever it is about his character or his experience, Casey is perfectly in tune with the heavy electronic over- rides of the new-generation Ducati. And nobody could accuse him of sitting there and enjoying an easy ride. Nobody who has seen him fight with a bike that bucks and twitches and pumps, at the same time as setting one fast lap after another. Stoner seems to be one of those racers who needs to be angry. It makes him rather a scary interview prospect, for instance. Not to mention competitor. But he’s also highly articulate. Start him talking about riding technique or a particular corner, and if he’s in the mood you’ll be struck by the clarity of his insight. He’ll really make Rossi work for it in 2009. Valentino may be best of the best, but Stoner is easily the best of the rest. 51