MotoGP: Steve Parrish backs Casey Stoner to shine in California
By Steve ParrishBBC motorcycling commentator
Race 10 - Laguna Seca
Venue: Laguna Seca, California
Date: Sunday 29 July 2012
Start time: 22:00 BST
Coverage: Live on BBC Two and the BBC Sport website.
Casey Stoner is the fastest man alive on two wheels when the bike works for him. He's got to get it together, but when the bike's right he's unbeatable.
Parrish on the top two
"Jorge Lorenzo has had an impeccably good season. Things couldn't be better for him. He's started the season strong and really hasn't had any poor results whatsoever, all the way through. He's a class act and always has been.
"Dani Pedrosa in second is having one of his better seasons. He's always a little up and down - he can be stunningly fast or mediocre. But he has racked up the points and has been very solid."
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and Stoner has to start winning, and he's capable of doing so. He has to work with Honda and his engineers to give him the motorcycle that can do it.
These are hugely powerful motorcycles. Laguna Seca is the shortest, tightest track we go to. It's got no real straights. Riding these massive bikes is a bit like having to ride a racehorse round a paddock.
Riders are going to struggle. It will be hard, hot work. It will be down to the person who is able to tame their huge, powerful motorcycle and get it round this small track.
Best equipped as a racer, if his motorcycle works, is Casey Stoner. That's who I'd put my money on, though it depends how the bike comes out the back of the container and how he adapts to it.
We'll get good crowds at Laguna Seca, more than we will at Indianapolis where they're more into their NASCAR and IndyCar racing. We'll get pretty big numbers because it's such a terrific venue to go to.
is one of those corners you can't really see on TV. It's like a ski jump. It rises up through the Monterrey mountains then it drops at a hugely steep angle. You can barely walk up or walk down it. It's massive and as it drops down it goes over the crest of the hill and it turns left, then it drops to the right then it turns left so it looks like a corkscrew at a very steep angle.
Riders look ahead to Laguna Seca
You come completely blind to the top of the hill, the weight goes off the motorcycle as it takes the weight away from you, a bit like a humpback bridge. Then you fly.
It's so spectacular. If you like golf you
need to go to Augusta.
In motorcycle racing you need to go and stand at The Corkscrew.
It's in the beautiful, wine-growing region of California with
Pebble Beach Golf Club
Clint Eastwood's manor
just up the road. It is a terrific venue and I would suggest to anyone missing two other races and saving up to go there.
Steve Parrish was talking to BBC Sport's Jimmy Smallwood.
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