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Stoner explains qualifying slip

Stoner explains qualifying slip

With not a single MotoGP race this year won from pole World Championship leader Casey Stoner will still be confident of competing for another win at the Nickel & Dime British Grand Prix on Sunday despite qualifying fifth.

With not a single MotoGP race this year won from pole World Championship leader Casey Stoner will still be confident of competing for another win at the Nickel & Dime British Grand Prix on Sunday despite qualifying fifth.

Three of the young Australian Ducati Marlboro sensations four race victories this year have come from second row grid positions and although he looked frustrated after the Saturday qualifying session at Donington his strong race pace means he cannot be ruled for out a first Grand Prix win on British soil.

With pole position seemingly within his grasp on a flying lap right at the end of qualifying practice the 21 year-old appeared to make a costly slip on the final turn and ended up 0.530s behind pole man Colin Edwards.

Stoner explained: ´On race tyres we´re pretty well safe and looking pretty good, and we should be able to make a couple more improvements before the race if we get a dry warm-up session.´

´Qualifying was unbelievably disappointing, the electronics were playing up, every time the tyre would spin just a little bit the engine cuts would start, so I couldn´t get on the gas and I was losing tenths on the exit of every corner. Then going into the last turn the bike hit neutral, so I had no engine braking, so I was entering the corner too quick. I got it back into first but unfortunately I just had to push it in there too hard to try and make the corner and nearly lost it, but I´ve got a pretty good feeling with the tyres because the Bridgestones actually give me feeling so it´s a little bit easier to save.´

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MotoGP, 2007, NICKEL & DIME BRITISH GRAND PRIX, Casey Stoner

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