Having qualified fifth Casey Stoner was downcast about his prospects of winning the Spanish Grand Prix with the Australian commenting yesterday that, “The Spanish riders just seem to find something extra here at Jerez.”
With Jorge Lorenzo on pole position and Dani Pedrosa lining up alongside him on the front row it seemed that Stoner would have a hard days work to get to the front of the field during the 27 lap race.
A slow start did not help his cause with Stoner getting boxed in by Ben Spies but with damp conditions the victor was keen to avoid any potential accidents at the opening corner.
Stoner alluded to his clash with Valentino Rossi by saying that, “I put myself into a nice comfortable position [at the first corner] not to hit a wet patch and not to get t-boned by somebody”
The 26 year old however wasted little time moving to the front of the field and once there his thoughts changed to opening a lead and battling with Lorenzo and Pedrosa.
“I didn’t think I could break away from Dani or Jorge,” said Stoner. “But I thought I could go away with them for the chance of a podium.”
In the closing stages of the race however Stoner was struggling with arm pump and a poor grip under braking.
“The bike wasn’t working great at the end of the race under brakes and we were just trying to hold on for the win.”