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Casey Stoner looks back on a good weekend´s work in Jerez

Casey Stoner looks back on a good weekend´s work in Jerez

Casey Stoner looks back on a good weekend´s work in Jerez

The race down in Jerez went pretty well. I got off to quite a good start, but as early as the second lap it became clear that the rear tyre wasn´t right. It just didn´t have enough grip and the bike suffered because of it, I was having moments everywhere and had to really fight hard and concentrate not to fall off. Towards the end of the race the tyre actually seemed to get better and I was more comfortable, but by then I´d lost my confidence to really push the bike to its limits and as a result I didn´t have the speed to get to the front guys.

I´m satisfied with the sixth place, but I´m not delighted by it. Obviously it was good to get the finish under my belt, but I know the track in Jerez well as I´ve competed there before, and I really feel I could have done more if the bike had been perfect but it wasn´t to be. I know that I´ve got a lot more left to get out of myself, and I´ll keep going and concentrating on every race as they come along.$$$

This week I´m going to be in Italy for the Aprilia test session at the circuit of Mugello. Although we don´t have anything in particular to test as far as the bike is concerned, it´s more an opportunity for me to go down and get to know the circuit as I haven´t ridden there before. We were scheduled to test there earlier in the season, but I injured my shoulder so I wasn't able to. It just means it´s another track I´ll know better before the meet there comes around.

I´m looking forward to the next race in France, again it´s a circuit I haven´t been to before but, especially as we´re now back in Europe, it doesn´t bother me too much. I´ll be on the same bike, in the same conditions and I´ll be going there to give it my best shot as always. Really at every race you just try as hard as you can and then see what happens on the day itself.

250cc, 2002, Casey Stoner

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