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Old 10-28-2012, 12:47 PM   #89
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Originally Posted by protondecay123 View Post
I think he was using the Rossi Laguna Seca 2008 tactic. He had to finish in front of Lorenzo and hopefully have Stoner between him and Lorenzo. Get in front and hold the other two back.

Unfortunately it was a right turn ( Honda Hairpin IIRC?) and they were on the second lap (IIRC?). Philip Island is basically a left hand turn track, so cold right side of tire, left hand track, ( and perhaps trying a little too hard?), ingredients for a low side for sure.
Stoner's ankle made him weakest on right turns and this was basically his last best shot at the title. If he was going to be able to get Lorenzo to be third it had to be there and early. He made the calculation and went all in, hero or zero. Can't fault the strategy or commitment.
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