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Stoner pleased with all round Ducati prowess

Stoner pleased with all round Ducati prowess

Ducati Marlboro's Casey Stoner maintained his superb run of form in what has turned out to be a dream start to the season since he joined the Italian team, with another superb display of riding ability at Donington Park in Sunday's Nickel & Dime British Grand Prix MotoGP race.

Ducati Marlboro's Casey Stoner maintained his superb run of form in what has turned out to be a dream start to the season since he joined the Italian team, with another superb display of riding ability at Donington Park in Sunday's Nickel & Dime British Grand Prix MotoGP race.

Stoner mastered the slippery conditions caused by heavy rain at the English circuit and he appears to be able to get the best from his Desmosedici GP7 whatever the MotoGP calendar throws at him – having now extending his surprise World Championship lead to 26 points with five wins in eight races.

The young Aussie had a nightmare start from fifth on the grid, dropping to 12th on entering the first corner, but he kept calm in the opening laps and cautiously got a feel for the wet terrain - gradually moving forward through the pack ahead of him.

Taking the lead from pole man Colin Edwards just after the half way mark Stoner eventually increased his advantage to over 11 seconds as the track began to dry, cannily cooling his tyres through any available wet patches in another masterful racing performance.

Reflecting on another great day's work Stoner was keen to focus on the hard work of his team and the all round qualities his Ducati machinery possesses, in addition to it's widely acknowledge top speed advantage.

The 21 year old enthused: "It's good because it proves to a lot of people that the Ducati doesn't just have power. I think in Catalunya people could see everybody else is starting to catch up now, and we still managed to be as fast or if not faster than them most of the time. We've been improving the bike all the time in its weak points and now it doesn't have any particular weak points, we need to improve it as a complete package. Today I mean it was the best bike working out there, and I can't complain as everything has been working perfectly all weekend and pretty much all season."

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

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