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The Le Mans MotoGP Press Conference

The Le Mans MotoGP Press Conference

Casey Stoner, Marco Melandri, Colin Edwards, John Hopkins and Randy de Puniet today spoke to the media ahead of the Alice Grand Prix de France.

Casey Stoner, Marco Melandri, Colin Edwards, John Hopkins and Randy de Puniet today spoke to the media ahead of the Alice Grand Prix de France.

Casey Stoner
"All but one race that I've had here I've finished fourth I think, but with the improvements I've had with my tyres I really think that we can push up the places. As far as the track is concerned; the first corner is a bit strange and I don't like it that much.

"I didn't really have an advantage at Jerez or Turkey, and we went well there, which shows that we don't just depend on long straights. There are still a few circuits that the 990cc would still clock faster times at, but considering the power drop the 800cc bikes aren't going that bad."

Marco Melandri
"It's been a pretty difficult start, but this track might be better for me. After this race we have two days of testing, so we'll see what new parts we get. I think that with an improvement in the setup we aren't far off the podium."

"I've had some problems opening the throttle on slow corners, but hopefully we can improve this over the weekend. I know that Honda have been working hard in Japan, because they want to change the fact that they haven't won a race yet this season."

Colin Edwards
"It's been a frustrating few races. I'm sure that this bike is the best in the world on qualifying tyres, but when we lose grip then we have a problem."

"Now we can't just bring all the stuff from Michelin on the day. In any case I'm looking forward to putting in a good race."

John Hopkins
"Team morale is really high; I've got my first podium, Chris has been riding well and I think that we've been making decent tyre choices for the weather. Suzuki now have some new parts for both of us, and we'll see what we can do with them."

"Being able to brake on the front as hard as I do with the Bridgestones is great, and I've been riding well. Without that one small crash I could be sitting in third in the championship now."

Randy de Puniet
"I don't like the track so much, but we have been fast here. I'm happy to be riding at my home race even so."

"I like the 800cc bike. At the start it was not so easy, but after the first couple of tests everything was ok."

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, ALICE GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE

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