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Stoner: "I feel less pressure with every race"

Stoner: 'I feel less pressure with every race'

World Championship leader Casey Stoner has undertaken just two laps of the Misano circuit in a relaxed setting, hardly enough to gain any real understanding of the track, yet he remains optimistic that the Desmosedici GP7 may be suited to San Marino.

World Championship leader Casey Stoner has undertaken just two laps of the Misano circuit in a relaxed setting, hardly enough to gain any real understanding of the track, yet he remains optimistic that the Desmosedici GP7 may be suited to San Marino.

The Australian rode two display laps at the World Ducati Weekend alongside team-mate Loris Capirossi, and managed to pick up a few small details as to what kind of race to expect this weekend. Defending a 60 point lead in the title hunt, another victory would certainly ease any pressure on the 21 year-old.

"Misano will be a strange race because nobody really knows what it will be like to race a MotoGP bike round there. Loris and I did two display laps at the World Ducati Weekend because the fans wanted to see the Desmosedici race bike. The track isn't too bad but I feel it needs to be improved because it's very bumpy, so it's going to be pretty loose on these bikes," assesses Stoner.

"We'll just have to wait and see how it goes, it could be good for us. I still want to try and win races, if we do good work in practice and we have a good rhythm, we will try and win, if not we will just do the best job we can. Every race now I feel less pressure because this season has been unbelievable for us, we've proven we're fast enough, we've already won a few races and we've got a bigger points advantage. I'm already very happy with the season, so I don't feel any more pressure. We're getting the results because we all work really hard: Ducati and the team work hard, Bridgestone works hard, I give them good information and I've been training really hard off the track."

Loris Capirossi has far more experience of the track, although he last rode there 14 years ago on a 250cc bike before the change in track direction.

"The last time I rode at Misano was in 1993; that's many, many years ago and everything is different now. Last time there I rode a 250cc, this time I'll ride a MotoGP bike, and now the track goes right instead of left," explains a wary Capirossi. "I did a couple of display laps on the Desmosedici at the World Ducati Weekend in June and before that I rode a lap or two with a Ducati 1098 streetbike when I inspected the track with Valentino Rossi for the Safety Commission."

The layout is completely different from when I last raced there and I don't think it will be easy, especially on a MotoGP bike. We have an extra hour of practice on Friday to help us understand the circuit a bit better because the layout is very technical with a lot of tight turns. It's great to have a Grand Prix at Misano once again, because everyone in the Emilia Romagna region loves motorcycles so the atmosphere should be huge. Of course it's another race in front of the Italian fans and I want to do really well. As always I will do my best and we will be looking for a podium result on Sunday."

"As an Italian factory it is always a special event for us to race in Italy and it is a dream for us to be going to Misano leading the World Championship," adds Ducati Project Manager Livio Suppo.

" "Although we are having a fantastic season we have yet to win a MotoGP race on home tarmac, so Casey and Loris will be doing their best on Sunday. Casey is doing a fantastic job at the moment, he really is an incredible rider, so talented and so focused, it is a real pleasure to work with him."

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MotoGP, 2007, GP CINZANO DI SAN MARINO E DELLA RIVIERA DI RIMINI, Casey Stoner

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