Stoner on lookout for long corner grip
4 July 2012 – Casey Stoner may be back in the lead of the MotoGP title race, sharing that particular position with Jorge Lorenzo, but the reigning Champion understands that Honda must reduce its deficits in order to maintain a healthy title attack this year.
At Assen on Saturday, the Australian – who will retire at season’s end – took full advantage of Lorenzo’s misfortune, as the Spaniard was taken out of the race by compatriot Álvaro Bautista. Now heading to Germany’s Sachsenring for the second of three back-to-back race weekends, the 26-year-old from New South Wales is keen to dial out an assortment of issues.
“In the long corners we are struggling a little more with our bike at the moment so we're going to need to work hard on Friday and Saturday, try to find more grip from the edge of the tyre and also see if we can reduce the front chatter,” Stoner explains.
“It's a very interesting track - maybe not one of the greatest on the circuit, but has one of the best corners coming down the hill which is a little scary. It's a good atmosphere there, though, with all the spectators so close to the track - it feels like a Coliseum! There's always an interesting race there, as we saw last year, so we'll see what this weekend has in store.”
Stoner’s team-mate, Dani Pedrosa, has won the last two Sachsenring MotoGP races.