Casey Stoner has fond recent memories of Laguna Seca Raceway. And he just added another to the pot. At the site where he was crowned the 2011 MotoGP World Champion, Oakley’s Australian Star claimed his fourth victory on the season and his second consecutive – topping Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa for glory in the Golden State. The two-time champ finished 32 laps in 43 minutes, 45.961 seconds from Pole – passing Lorenzo on the inside at Turn 1 on Lap 21. He was also the only elite rider in the race to choose softer tires – resulting in a careful effort to conserve them throughout the race.
LeMans: MotoGP Star Casey Stoner Reconfirms Retirement in France, Valentino Rossi Returns to Form With Second Place Finish
LeMans was drenched this past weekend as MotoGP raged into town. Both in rain and drama, that is. Addressing the media again after a headline filled week lined with chatter about his retirement from the sport, Oakley’s MotoGP Defending World Champion Casey Stoner reaffirmed his intentions to walk away from his life as a pro rider following the season’s end. But as the buzz continued off the track, the Grand Prix of France saw some of the worst conditions in recent memory. The show went on, however, opening the door for Oakley’s MotoGP Legend Valentino Rossi to capitalize on the situation.
Casey Stoner is clearly in top form. Oakley’s defending MotoGP World Champion claimed his second consecutive victory on the season in Estoril, clipping Jorge Lorenzo and bumping the Spaniard out of the top spot in the Championship standings to reclaim No. 1 with 66 points. It was also the Aussie’s 42nd overall triumph.