Jerez: MotoGP Star Casey Stoner Claims First 2012 Victory in Spain
Casey Stoner is back in top form. Big time.
Oakley’s defending MotoGP World Champion picked up his dominance where he left off last season, racking up his first triumph of the season in Jerez after clipping Dani Pedrosa and holding off Jorge Lorenzo for a special win in Spain.
“We didn’t get a great start so I tried to stay out of trouble, there were people out braking each other, touching and it was important just to keep out of the way!” Casey said, rocking his Oakley Signature Series eyewear. “Then I managed to gain a lot of positions in a short space of time and reached the front. I didn’t try to pull a gap, as I knew Jorge (Lorenzo) and Dani were very fast, but I just wanted to stay in front with them and pull away from the others. Then I saw that Jorge and I had slightly better pace and we could make a gap. I was focusing on where I wanted to go as there were a lot of wet patches and it was easy to make a mistake. We managed the race for the conditions of the circuit and as they improved I pushed a little more, the bike on a whole felt much better than in qualifying.”
Starting fifth on the grid due to lukewarm qualifying session, his bike came alive when it counted…just in time to set himself in positive momentum for a title defense.
After grabbing the holeshot, Pedrosa lead the pack early on – only to see Casey and 2010 Champ Lorenzo pass and engage in a thrilling battle to the finish. The raucous crowd held tight to the very end as Casey sealed the deal with a blazing final lap for his first-ever victory in Jerez.
“That is the greatest race I’ve ever done.”