MotoGP Germany: Stoner’s last-corner ‘win or bin’ bites him

Stoner's planned last-corner mugging didn't go to, erm, plan
Stoner's planned last-corner mugging didn't go to, erm, plan Picture: Repsol Media

Repsol Honda’s Casey Stoner admitted his plan to mug team-mate Dani Pedrosa at the final corner of yesterday’s Sachsenring MotoGP round started to go wrong at the first corner when a mistake meant he was outside his comfort zone for the whole lap.


The reigning champion had to push harder than usual to come back at Pedrosa in order to line up his final turn overtake but ran a bit wide at the bottom of the Waterfall, lost the front and ended in the kitty litter. He is also a bit miffed with the marshals who he said offered him no help.


"I was confident I had the pace over Dani. We were a lot faster in a couple of areas and confident I had an overtaking manoeuvre on a few points of the track but when I made a mistake going into the first turn on the last lap I had to push a bit more than I would have liked in some areas," said Stoner, speaking to bikesportnews.com.


"I was happy coming off the Waterfall going into the bottom turn. I was confident I could make a pass going into the last turn. I was much stronger on the brakes and a much better exit than Dani but as soon as I wanted to try and turn it went underneath. I was going to do my win or bin effort in the last corner not that one.


"I’m not happy with the marshals to be honest. In 2006, for no reason, they took me out of the race assuming I had concussion, which I didn’t, and again here today, they gave me no help whatsoever. I have seen a lot of marshals pick up bikes and help people get going. There was nothing wrong with my bike whatsoever, everything was in tact and there was no help yet again."

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