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Stoner expecting more of the same at Phillip Island

Stoner expecting more of the same at Phillip Island

One of the few riders not to carry out a race simulation at Sepang, owing to minor mechanical problems and a shoulder still tender after a crash in November, 2007 World Champion Casey Stoner will have a further chance to test his new Ducati Desmosedici GP8 when he heads to the Phillip Island circuit in Australia next week.

One of the few riders not to carry out a race simulation at Sepang, owing to minor mechanical problems and a shoulder still tender after a crash in November, 2007 World Champion Casey Stoner will have a further chance to test his new Ducati Desmosedici GP8 when he heads to the Phillip Island circuit in Australia next week.

Speaking after a third day in Malaysia at which he placed second on the timesheets, Stoner was pleased with the both the performance of his bike and an improvement in shoulder conditioning over the course of the test.

"Normally we struggle quite a lot at this track, but we've been getting stronger and stronger, as has my shoulder. Everything that Bridgestone has given us we have found positive things with," noted the Australian, who had completed his work by lunchtime.

"We did a 2'06 on qualifying tyres, but it was very early on and I hadn't even really warmed up. I did my fastest time on the qualifying tyres that I used at the race last year, so I'm pretty satisfied with the step forward with the machine."

Returning home to Australia, like Sepang a scene of a 2007 Stoner victory, the 22 year-old expects more of the same from his working schedule.

"We've got to test a lot of the tyres that we used this week when we go to Phillip Island, to confirm if they are better or worse, and we need to see if the new engine configuration is going to work at that track, and how we can improve it."

Tags:
MotoGP, 2008, Casey Stoner, Ducati Marlboro Team

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