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Stoner looks to warm up to find Motegi solution

Stoner looks to warm up to find Motegi solution

Despite experiencing a comparatively bad day at Motegi, World Championship leader Casey Stoner remains optimistic for a good result tomorrow.

Despite experiencing a comparatively bad day at Motegi, World Championship leader Casey Stoner remains optimistic for a good result tomorrow. The Ducati rider has the opportunity to seal the 2007 MotoGP title tomorrow afternoon, but has only managed to qualify ninth for the A-Style Grand Prix of Japan.

Todays result marks the worst qualifying position for the Australian all season, his previous worst being fifth at Jerez in the second race of the year. Nonetheless, a good start could see Stoner up amongst the frontrunners and most importantly ahead of main rival Valentino Rossi.

´Today we couldn´t get a good feeling with the bike, no matter what we did. I was frustrated because I think we could have improved my time with my second qualifying run but the change we´d made to the setting made braking difficult, so when I came into the last chicane the bike wouldn´t go back a gear, so I destroyed the last corner and lost more than half a second, explained Stoner after a difficult session.

The tyres weren´t so bad and to be honest the setting we had this morning was quite good, but as soon as we started the afternoon session that setting didn´t seem to work, so we struggled to find a solution. We know we have to improve a little bit more and I think we will try another direction during warm up. If we can improve a bit in the morning, starting from the third row shouldn´t be a big problem. Normally we get good starts and with a few passes we can get to the front.´

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MotoGP, 2007, A-STYLE GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN, Casey Stoner

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