Title Defense: MotoGP Star Casey Stoner Nabs 42nd Victory at Estoril, Portugal
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.
“In the end it was another fantastic weekend for us,” Casey said, sporting his own Oakley Signature Series Scalpel eyewear. “This morning we were more confident but also a little concerned because yesterday afternoon when we had a very similar setting to FP3 the bike was a little bit worse in the warm conditions. In warm up we didn’t have a big problem with chatter but then for the race, under the warmer conditions, we struggled a lot more. This was very difficult to ride with, in the first part of the race I was confident and attacking the track but I closed the front twice due to the chatter. From this point I backed of a little, tried to stay smooth and just wanted to stay in front of Jorge and Dani, but Jorge was coming strong. I had to try and keep my pace and not make too many mistakes, I was changing t he mapping to try and reduce the chatter problem. Towards the end of the race I began to understand how to ride around it, this made things smoother and I found some more pace and was able to bring it home for a great race win.”
Qualifying in pole position, Casey smashed into the lead into the first turn on his way to a blistering 1’42.369 Lap 1, trailed by Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa.
Despite serious charges by the two chasing Spaniards, Oakley’s speed demon pulled away for a relatively easy victory – holding his lead for all 28 laps on the day and maintained a consistent pace for the triumph.