Nobody in MotoGP has the Losail Circuit’s number better than Casey Stoner. The Australian rider has won the last three races at the Qatar track (read: has won half of all of the GP races at Qatar), and once again seems to be leading the field this year as Free Practice for the MotoGP opener has just concluded. Sitting down with a track diagram in hand, Stoner takes us through some of his notes on the track.
Stoner publicly states that he doesn’t really care for the night venue in Qatar, but we can surely guess the young rider enjoys taking to the track knowing that he’s the favorite to win Sunday’s night race. “We have always enjoyed great results in Qatar although the track isn’t one of my favourites as a rider. It was good that they changed the race from daytime to night because they’ve made it different to anything else – it’s interesting for the fans and it is good fun for us,” says Stoner.
A quick look at his notes shows the Australian rider is keenly aware of how important front-tire grip is when cornering and on the brakes at Losail. While Stoner leads the field in Qatar right now, time will tell if the likes of Rossi, Lorenzo, Pedrosa, and the rest of the field can keep the Australian from adding a 4th victory at Losail from his already impressive resume.