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Stoner hoping to be even stonger in 2008

Stoner hoping to be even stonger in 2008

MotoGP World Champion Casey Stoner joined new team-mate Marco Melandri at the Ducati ‘Wrooom' event on Tuesday, and looked forward to defending the title he won in style in 2007.

MotoGP World Champion Casey Stoner joined new team-mate Marco Melandri at the Ducati ‘Wrooom' event on Tuesday, and looked forward to defending the title he won in style in 2007.

"This is such a wonderful event; I'm happy to be here although it meant celebrating my first wedding anniversary on a flight from Australia!" said a light-hearted Stoner, who cut short his honeymoon last year to be officially presented as a Ducati rider in January 2007 at Wrooom.

"I hope to be able to have fun and do some skiing too, maybe cross-country skiing. I don't want to run any risks snowboarding.

"This holiday break after our latest test was just what I needed to unwind after a fantastic, although extremely challenging, season," added the winner of ten Grands Prix, whose only low point of the year came on his final on-track outing.

"I also needed to recover after my shoulder injury from the Jerez tests. I feel much better now, although I'll only know if I'm completely recovered when I get back in the saddle.

"I'm happy to begin a new season with the same bike and the same team, it's a first for me since I started to race. The feeling is just perfect with everyone at Ducati: Claudio (Domenicali), Filippo (Preziosi), Livio (Suppo) and all of my team, I wouldn't change a thing. As for my bike, I haven't suggested any big changes either, because we already had such a competitive package. We are only going to work on a few details," he continued when asked about the Ducati family, before noting the effects of reaching the pinnacle of MotoGP racing.

"Winning a World Championship has taken a big weight off my shoulders: all my parents' sacrifices, all the hard times in the past, it's all behind me now. This year, I'll continue to work in order to try and repeat my performance of last year and be even stronger and faster, but I'll be able to do that in a very different spirit".

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MotoGP, 2008, Casey Stoner, Ducati Marlboro Team

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