Interview: Casey Stoner on the RC212V, the new 1000cc machines and his…

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1. Since your debut on the RC212V at Valencia, you seem to have adapted perfectly to the Honda machine. What impresses you with the RC212V?

For me the engine delivery is immediately what I noticed when I first jumped on the Honda, it’s something I’ve continued to be impressed with and the different variables we can do with the engine to suit my style .

2. What is your synopsis of the winter test?

So far we’ve been really impressed, having been in the top two of every session on every day so far, I’m getting more comfortable and confident everyday, but it’s early still so we remain quiet and keep our heads down working to achieve everything we set ourselves.

3. What does it mean for you being part of the Repsol Honda Team?

For me it’s a life long dream to be in this team, since watching Mick Doohan, it’s been an ambition to race for Repsol Honda and this is a dream come true.

4. You started your motorsport career at the dirt track, what did you learn that is still useful today?

A lot of throttle control and body control, with dirt track you need to find the best line and the most grip which sometimes can be a little strange.

5. What are the main differences between the Australian and the European school of racing?

In Europe they are a lot more cut throat, aggressive and confident in their riding style and what they are able to do. In Australia I found it a little easier to get on top and beat them, the mentality is different. With Europe, they wanted to keep coming back and trying to beat me more stubborn!

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6. Your strongest point as a rider?

I think I’m well balanced, so I can get good traction and corner speed when I need to, I can also brake really late so quite a balanced rider.

7. Is there an area you’d like to improve in your riding style with Honda?

The Honda is a very different bike to the Ducati, I need to learn which lines to take a little better they don’t seem to be as neutral as they were on the Ducati. The turning and the exit is a lot better, so it’s something I need to get used to and also how far I can push the front.

8. What are the characteristics of your ideal bike?

Hmmmm, put a train track around the circuit so I can’t come off it!

9. You have switched from an Italian to a Japanese bike: can you explain what changes for the rider?

The vibration is a lot less in the Honda, I feel I can adapt the Honda a lot easier whereas with the Italian bike I had to really find the perfect set-up.

10. You won the first title of the 800cc. Do you regret that next year the MotoGP will switch to the 1000cc engine?

Absolutely not! I’m really looking forward to going back to 1000’s and I’m disappointed we ever left them. All the street bikes are 1000 so I don’t see any reason why we shouldn’t be on them.

I can’t wait!

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