Stoner quietly pessimistic about Assen
25 June 2012 – Casey Stoner is preparing for another damage limitation exercise as MotoGP heads to The Netherlands this weekend. The well-known TT at Assen is the only race all season to be staged on a Saturday and welcomes Round 7 of this year’s title battle.
Heading to Holland, 2010 Champion Jorge Lorenzo holds a 25-point advantage over Stoner, who is set to retire from the sport at the end of this year.
“We've had some great results at Assen, but also some pretty bad ones,” says the Honda rider. “Hopefully we can go there this weekend, be competitive and avoid any injury like last year when I hurt my neck, which followed us for the season and still causes me problems now.
“You spend a lot of the time on the edge of the tyre in Assen and, unfortunately, this is a weak point on our bike at the moment, so we will need to work on Thursday and Friday to improve before we can consider ourselves competitive there.”
The 26-year-old also hopes for favourable conditions.
“I really hope the weather is good for us, as we need as much track time as possible to work on various issues on the bike,” he begins to sum up. “With three races back-to-back, it's important to get some good results at Assen, Sachsenring and Mugello, so we need to remain focused.”
Stoner’s only Assen victory to date is that of 2008 for Ducati.