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Stoner talks about how to win a Grand Prix

Stoner talks about how to win a Grand Prix

Stoner talks about how to win a Grand Prix

He is the phenomenon of right now: young, aggressive, and determined. We are talking, of course, about Casey Stoner who demonstrated in China once again that he knows how to channel his potential and rack up Grand Prix wins like the rest of rack up days at the office. Less than a week after the conquering the massive Shanghai circuit, rain and all, on his official RSW, Stoner gives us an insight into the guts and determination that have seen him emerge this year as one of the most obvious challengers for the 2005 World Championship.

Casey, tell us what you think of your team. Coming off the great season of last in the 125, how have you managed integrating yourself into the same Team LCR you raced for two years ago?

I have a great team in both technical and human terms. In the past I worked with some members and others I only got to know this year, including the Technical Leader. I have to say that we found our groove right away. Engineer Caprara is an optimal technical director and we understand each other as if we've worked together forever. He is a very calm and rational person… I like it! Plus, I can talk to him about everything since he is young. I was already familiar with Lucio's (Cecchinello) work method and therefore his system, so I feel completely comfortable here.

How would you judge your RSW 250?

Right now my motorcycle is very competitive and I feel that I have demonstrated it in the last two GPs!! The Honda riders are quite strong but I have found the right equilibrium with my Aprilia and the team, therefore I am very confident about the upcoming GP.

You are a resolute rider, and you already have two victories this season which pay homage to this. How did you spend these joyful moments and what do you envision for the rest of the season?

I am very demanding of myself and when I hop on my motorcycle I give it 100%. Both the Estoril victory and the pole position with the consequent victory in China have given me the right experience to confront the upcoming races with. This year's 250 is very fought after because there are so many fast riders such as Pedrosa, Porto, De Puniet, plus Dovizioso and De Angelis, but I am no less and I have proved it. We have embarked upon the right path and I am very satisfied with the work we have done. There are still a lot of races left to go and it won't be easy, but now I am very well-equipped and determined and I want to give it my best so that I can stay up there.

We couldn't have finished the interview without getting the inside angle from the Carrera Sunglasses – LRC camp. We had to ask Pietro Caprara, Stoner's Technical Leader, how he judges his rider.

Casey is a rider with huge potential that he has demonstrated. He works with responsibility and the utmost concentration. He is very sensitive to the work done on the motorcycle and is quite meticulous. He works a lot concentrating on the race as a whole and not simply the single laps; this shows great maturity for someone so young. He is direct and reactive and is able to put on a good all-around show: the frame, suspension, and the engine. His only weakness is his start, which he still needs to do a bit of work on (just look at his start Sunday in Shanghai!).

250cc, 2005, Casey Stoner

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