Out of the Gates Blazin’: Casey Stoner Rockets to Victory at Quatar MotoGP


How’s this for a season opener?

Oakley star MotoGP rider Casey Stoner blazed out of the gates on fire with a statement victory at the first MotoGP stop in Quatar, edging out former O rider Jorge Lorenzo 3.44 seconds ahead at Losail International Circuit. The win, Casey’s career 27th, came on the heels of his domination of all three practice sessions.

But although he triumphed, his actual race start wasn’t exactly ideal.

“I didn’t make the best start and I was a bit worried about people overtaking from behind on the first laps,” Casey said, rockin’ his Signature Series Casey Stoner Scalpels that are now part of the Oakley MotoGP eyewear. “The first lap was very tough because of how my bike reacted with a full tank. When I felt comfortable I decided to start moving forward. Everything felt good, and as soon as I felt I was able to do a quicker lap than Dani [Pedrosa – third place] I went for it.”

The O speed demon started on pole but didn’t not respond when Pedrosa moved ahead early. He even allowed Lorenzo to lead briefly after he overtook himself and Pedrosa.

But he powered forward back the lead on the second lap, two before Pedrosa took over for five, then conceded to our talented Aussie.

‘’When I saw Dani starting to have problems, I attacked strongly,” Casey continued. “I overtook him and took the lead. After that I just tried to control the race.’’

Despite the awesome start to the season, he’s aware of the challenges ahead…and he’s definitely not resting on his laurels. The next stop in Jerez, Spain (April 3) will certainly be a handful.

“It risks being less easy for us in Jerez on a track where I haven’t had much success in the past. I’m even looking forward to going there this year to battle against two rivals of a very high level [Spaniards Lorenzo and Pedrosa].’’

Nonetheless, one solid start to 2011 for Casey!

‘’I couldn’t have dreamt of a better start to the season, but I’m not going to get carried away, and will continue to work.”