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GP Week : Issue 138
CASEY’S season has put a big question mark that will haunt his rivals through the winter close season – how many more times is he going to do this? None has any question, however, as to his manner of winning. They know just how much he deserved it. Stoner moved to a new team and a new bike, at just the right time. Comfortably settled on the best-ever GP Honda, he put together a faultless campaign. Even his bad results were good. He never did finish off the rostrum, and his only non-finish came when he was spear-tackled at Jerez by Rossi. After the race, he was calmly expansive. “ We’ve had a fairly tough road over the last few years – a wrist in pieces and lactose intolerance, and last year didn’t go smoothly, but we’ve come back this year really strong with a new team, and a new bike that I find just fantastic to ride. Repsol Honda’s the team that I’ve been wanting to be in for a long, long time – a top priority. We finally got the opportunity and we haven’t looked back.” He couldn’t resist a dig at Rossi, when asked why he seemed unemotional: “Maybe I don’t put on a show like some other people, but I know what the feeling’s like inside and that’s really all that matters,” he said. His slide on the wet track had not been part of the plan: “I was pretty lucky to stay on because I think I was the first person to hit that wall of rain. The first dark cloud sort of passed over us. we had a few spits and spats. But when it hit the second time and actually there was sunshine poking through the rain was a lot heavier. So I’ve gone into that last turn and as soon as I cracked that throttle the rear came around. My heart was up my throat. I took it very gingerly for the next laps just to bring it home. “ We managed it. “ The first title was a dream The second one is reality.” Last word to Rossi. “I give him my compliments. He deserved it, because this year he really rode well.” And so say all of us. How many more for the latest double world champion? MOTOGP AUSTRAliA >> 43