Wednesday, November 28, 2007

MotoGP: Normal Stoner Service Resumed?

We're still in pre-season testing, but there is an inkling that Casey Stoner might be reverting to type, regressing to the mean, or something like that. He has been ruled out of day 3 of the Jerez test after destroying his bike on day 2, having also trashed a bike on day 1.

In his first year of MotoGP, Stoner was blisteringly quick on a 4th-rate Honda, even snatching a pole position, but had a nasty habit of chucking his bike at the scenery. However, a move to Ducati and Bridgestone resulted in a total lack of race crashery. He barely even fell off in testing, having just a couple of low-speed lowsides. It's a bit early to be drawing conclusions, but Casey the cocky convict's constant cartwheel crashing could conceivably be back with us for 2008. That would certainly make things interesting, especially since a certain Valentino Rossi topped the timesheets on day 2 of the test, having adapted to Bridgestone tyres in about 5 minutes...

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