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GP Week : Issue 173
MOTOGP >>> NEWS MOTOGP >>> NEWS STONER’S CORNER, STONER’S SECRET In GPWEEK’s recent exclusive interview, Casey Stoner nominated his favourite corner as “Turn 3 at Phillip Island.” In future, he will have to change his tune. It’s not called that any more. In a smilingly formal ceremony on Thursday it was officially re-named Stoner Corner. He joins former Australian champions: the much- admired circuit already as Gardner Straight and Doohan Corner. Stoner selected the corner himself, as he did in the interview: “When the weather ’s right and everything’s right that’s a hell of a lot of fun,” he said. Now he expanded. “It always gives me a great rush going through there,” he said, especially with the 1000s, “hanging the back out in fifth gear.” He had a secret there, he said, but refused to reveal what it was. “We haven’t finished yet. Maybe I’ll take it to the grave with me,” he smiled. “We do something different through there than anybody else ... part of the secret of this track for me is the way I attack that corner.” To viewers it was visible in the way he hung his body – and sometimes his front wheel – over the white line on the inside of the 260 km/h left kink; as well as from his visibly faster speed. It was left to Rossi to volunteer a more detailed explanation. “He is able to enter fast, but especially he’s able to open the throttle 20 or 30 meters before all the other guys. He opens clearly before, and he puts the bike in over-steer. And he is able to gain for all the 200 metres before the braking.” At the presentation, by circuit owners Linfox’s Andrew Fox, Stoner did reveal one not-so secret ingredient: “Because the track is quite slippery and with such high corner speeds, being fast there has a lot to do with balls – how much you want to hang it out.” 13 GPWEEK.com // 13 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: