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Stoner has no preference for potential title-win location

Stoner has no preference for potential title-win location

The bwin.com Grande Premio de Portugal has the potential to be one of the most memorable moments of Casey Stoner's career, with the chance for the Australian to take his maiden MotoGP World Championship a possibility depending on the results of the current top three riders.

The bwin.com Grande Premio de Portugal has the potential to be one of the most memorable moments of Casey Stoner's career, with the chance for the Australian to take his maiden MotoGP World Championship a possibility depending on the results of the current top three riders. Whilst choosing his words carefully to avoid making any assumptions, the 21-year old has finally allowed title talk to enter his vocabulary as he looks ahead to Estoril.

"We've got five races left now and if we are able to win the championship it doesn't matter at which race we win it, anywhere will do," says Stoner. "Everything's working really well with our package at the moment. The team and the technicians are great, we work very well together, we are like a family. That helps a lot, you can do the same job if you don't have that relationship, but having a good relationship makes things more relaxed. I know the team believes in me and in my ability, which takes the pressure off, I felt this from the very first race.

"I've always gone quite well at Estoril; I won the 250cc race there in 2005. Some of the track flows, some of it doesn't. The fast right onto the back straight was almost flat out on the 990s, so it should be flat out this year, but it's nothing like turn 11 in Turkey. The chicane is a bit too slow, really. There's a couple of parts I really enjoy, like turn two, which is a very, very difficult off-camber downhill corner that catches out a lot of riders. There seems to be a lot of passing opportunities at Estoril, so you get a lot of overtaking, so it should be a reasonably good race."

Stoner's Team Manager Livio Suppo has chosen the run-up to Portugal to pay tribute to his rider, who has been phenomenal onboard the Desmosedici GP7 since joining the Italian outfit.

"We are starting the final phase of the championship, so Estoril will be an important race for us and we are looking forward to the weekend. We are leading the championship thanks to Casey's amazing riding - eight wins from 13 races is incredible - but we still have work to do. In any case Casey is doing a fantastic job - Bridgestone has won nine races this year, but only one with another rider. I believe he deserves full recognition for his riding talent and for the way he approaches racing. Of course, Ducati and our technical partners have also worked hard to achieve this success - this is competition, this is what racing is all about."

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MotoGP, 2007, bwin.com GRANDE PREMIO DE PORTUGAL, Casey Stoner

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