Stoner relieved to finish at Silverstone
12 June 2011 – Casey Stoner has explained that he was ‘just happy to stay up on the bike’ during this afternoon’s rain-hit British Grand Prix, with treacherous conditions causing problems for numerous riders at Silverstone's Arena Grand Prix Circuit. The Repsol Honda man was able to pull away comfortably at the front of the field after spray cleared from his visor, leading home team-mate Andrea Dovizioso by more than 15 seconds.
"At the beginning of the race we didn't have a great start and I needed to wait for the tyres to get up to temperature," Stoner commented. "In the first few laps when I was behind the other riders I got a lot of spray up inside the visor and it was hard for me to see, or for me to push.
"At this time I was being careful, trying to cover my lines to stop them coming inside, then after five laps my visibility got clearer and the water drained away from my visor and I was able to start doing the lap times we were looking for and started to open up a gap.
"I was just happy to stay up on the bike, it was incredibly cold and I was so nervous as in these conditions it's so easy to crash! We had a great race today in very tough conditions where anything could have happened, but to come away with a win is fantastic."