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Stoner: ‘It was another perfect day'

Stoner: ‘It was another perfect day'

After taking his third victory in what is turning out to be a sensational season for the Ducati Marlboro rider, Casey Stoner was full of praise for his team and tyre suppliers after his Chinese win.

After taking his third victory in what is turning out to be a sensational season for the Ducati Marlboro rider, Casey Stoner was full of praise for his team and tyre suppliers after the Sinopec Great Wall Lubricants Grand Prix of China.

The 21 year-old Australian - who was also victorious at the Shanghai International Circuit as a 250cc competitor in 2005 - was in superb form at the Far Eastern venue, coming from fourth on the grid to overtake and hold off a determined Valentino Rossi and eventually win the fourth Grand Prix of the season by 3.036 seconds.

With the MotoGP grid visiting Le Mans in less than two weeks for the Alice Grand Prix de France, Stoner holds a 15 point World Championship lead over Rossi as an intense series of European races commences.

The spectators in Shanghai saw Stoner take the lead on the second lap and make the most of the Desmosedici GP07's speed advantage at a circuit with the longest straight on the MotoGP calendar, to get the better of Fiat Yamaha's Rossi in an intense duel.

Following another adrenalin-fuelled display Stoner was quick to thank all of those contributing to his current success, commenting: "If last year someone had told me that at this point of the season I would have won three races I would have laughed! Anyway, today was another perfect day. I really want to say thank you to Ducati, to Vittoriano Guareschi of the test team, and to Bridgestone and to all the sponsors who have given me this opportunity."

"I'm really happy with Bridgestone - we expected higher temperatures for the race and that's what happened, which is why we ran a harder rear and we were really safe with it. I knew Valentino was behind so I just concentrated and didn't make many mistakes. It was another fantastic race, like Qatar and Turkey, but we aren't changing our way of thinking. We are working hard, taking it race by race and doing our best every time."

On another good day all round for Ducati, Stoner's team-mate Loris Capirossi also enjoyed a great ride - coming from 14th on the grid to finish in sixth position. Capirossi started from the fifth row after he had been involved in a collision during qualifying and valiantly worked his way through the pack despite pain from the arm injury he suffered in the fall.

The popular Italian veteran said: "We had a difficult Saturday and the crash in qualifying was a shame because we had to start so far back on the grid. I got ten points, which isn't much but it's something. I'm eighth on points while Casey and Valentino are way in front but I'm not so far back from third position, so I'll just keep my head down and try to improve my feeling with this bike which is obviously a winning machine. Also, the tyres were very good today, so we just have to keep working hard."

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MotoGP, 2007, SINOPEC GREAT WALL LUBRICANTS GRAND PRIX OF CHINA, Casey Stoner

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