Stoner, Yamaha, Moto2 and 2012 – MotoGP
So the first MotoGP race of the season was full of surprises, I think a lot of people were expecting Casey Stoner to run away with it and though it was sad for him and Ducati, once he crashed out it turned out to be quite an exciting race. Casey was just being Casey in leading from the front and he was looking unstoppable until an unfortunate mistake cost him. Quite a few people asked me what makes him so fast around Qatar, and the simple answer is that Casey is the perfect match for the Ducati and the Ducati is the perfect match for the Losail circuit. He is hard as nails and will chalk this error down to experience and focus on the next race. Just as we saw in testing it looks like Ducati have put together a good package this year, with Nicky Hayden running as high as second and just missing out on the podium in the end. A lot of people including Nicky himself were surprised he was so competitive at the first race, Nicky saying if you offered him fourth place just two seconds behind Valentino before the weekend started he would have taken it. This isn’t Nicky doubting his own ability; he just perhaps thought it would take a bit longer to gel with the bike. Personally I am really happy that Nicky is doing well as he is a great guy and a real fighter and having him back up the front is a great thing for MotoGP and its fans.