Some food for thought, from gpOne: http://www.gpone.com/index.php/en/201202096035/MotoGP-Stoner-orgoglio-e-pregiudizio.html
Since my Italian is limited to ordering what turns out to be a small chocolate-iced asparagus stick in a yellow cup (when what I actually THOUGHT I was asking for was a short black), I rely on Google translations (which are always fun..):
Last week the track at Sepang, Casey Stoner has picked up where he ended last season, tops the list of the times. "The test went very well - said Gabarrini - The only problem was the chatter. The Ce 'expected in Sepang, where the track has always been a little' present, even with the 800. But increased significantly since we tried the new rear tire test, which has a different structure, and a bit 'all the Honda riders will have suffered. "
Despite this, they do not alarmism HRC at home. "In the first test we focused on the choices of materials - held - The next time we will work specifically to find a different setting that allows us to reduce the chattering."
In this regard, Stoner has a professional approach quite atypical. Able to find the service immediately, the Australian usually takes less laps than any other driver. "Working with Casey can be very simple or complicated, depending on your point of view. It is a highly sensitive pilot, he needs a few laps understand the positive and negative aspects of the bike. speaks very clearly, hardly in doubt. Other drivers might be hesitant to express their directions, but then their lap time never changes. Some problems are clearly seen on the telemetry, but we rely on other team's ability to interpret feedback from the pilot. If the team manages to exploit the sensitivity of Casey, you save valuable time. "
Gabarrini also confirmed that Stoner is one of the pilots not to use electronic controls. "Casey is very sensitive to the gas, which allows him to open soon out of corners. Our electronic technician Mr Lewis, who also worked with Yamaha Jorge Lorenzo and Andrea Dovizioso, has confirmed that Casey has a great sensitivity in dealing with the power of the engine and therefore uses less electronics than other drivers. By controlling the gas, the rear brake, and riding position, Casey makes up for what make electronic systems, which still have limitations compared to the human being, able to adapt more quickly to changing track conditions. "
I'm sure that the other teams hoping for HRC to be a bit competitive this year and join in the fun at the front will be relieved to hear that they intend to address the problems that were hobbling them at Sepang
Purely on a human interest note, I found this interesting, because it is very reminiscent of anecdotes about Hailwood's shy character and preference to have a few beers with the crew than attend the glittering balls, and my mind was drawn to Ago's recent comments::
The apparent intolerance of Stoner has often caused friction with the public of the championship, but not with his close collaborators. "The team appreciates the sincerity and still feels his affection. To him we are friends and a sort of second family, although perhaps teletrasporterebbe on track 5 minutes before getting in motion, and it would take turns just finished. In the box you see it clear, however. In 2007 we spent hours, because that's where he felt relaxed. "
In this regard, Gabarrini has revealed a particular anecdote. "Once Casey was asleep under the table where I was working with the electronics because, according to him, there was more quiet. He always liked to see what engineers do on the bike , but now spends less time with us and more with his wife in the motorhome. "