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Back to school for Stoner after trout fishing excursion

Back to school for Stoner after trout fishing excursion

Back to school for Stoner after trout fishing excursion

After spending a day trout fishing in Australia after last week's race at Phillip Island, Casey Stoner was on promotional duty in Japan ahead of the final race of the triple flyaway. The LCR Honda rider visited Utsonomiya Kinu Junior High School for photos on stage, also having the opportunity to meet Governor of Tochigi Prefecture, Mr Tomikaza Fukuda. The Australian rookie was accompanied by Kazuma Watanabe.

Stoner also reflected on his home race, where he took a top six position but was unable to join countryman Chris Vermeulen on the podium, and what he expects from the A-Style Grand Prix of Japan.

"It was a relaxing break to get away fishing, even if it was only for one day, after such a busy weekend at my home race. I'm looking forward to Motegi, and if we can find a competitive set-up early, perhaps with some more front-end side grip, then I think it's a track where I can have a strong race. As always, a lot depends on tyres so it will be interesting to see what Michelin have available for this track -- I'm sure they want to win this race as much as Honda. I was happy with the way I rode at the Island last Sunday, with the traction I had on wet tyres that was the best I could do and maybe if the race had been 27 laps -- not one lap shorter than normal -- the finish may have been different."

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MotoGP, 2006, A-STYLE GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN, Casey Stoner

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