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Stoner looking forward to short break

Stoner looking forward to short break

Casey Stoner left his home circuit of Phillip Island at the end of last weeks three day test visit in a highly positive mood, looking forward to resting his apparently fast healing shoulder injury, having topped the timesheets comfortably.

Casey Stoner left his home circuit of Phillip Island at the end of last weeks three day test visit in a highly positive mood, looking forward to resting his apparently fast healing shoulder injury, having topped the timesheets comfortably.

The reigning World Champion, who damaged his shoulder at the last test of 2007 in Jerez, was able to wrap up early on Friday having put in the fastest lap on qualifiers by a healthy 0.957s margin - after completing a highly satisfactory race simulation before 4pm in the afternoon.

After doubts about whether his injury would affect pre-season preparations for his title defence campaign, and following a few teething problems for Ducati during the first test of the year in Sepang, the Phillip Island display was the perfect response from Stoner.

The 22 year-old Ducati Marlboro rider put in 23 consecutive fast laps on race tyres, demonstrating relentless precision and consistently going round under the 131 mark to send out a clear message to the rivals coveting his MotoGP crown that he and the Desmosedici GP8 are shaping up nicely for the 2008 season.

Assessing the 2008 work undertaken to date, Stoner commented: ´It is a good thing that the bike is not completely different to 2007 because it has allowed us to find an excellent base to start the season from already. The new version of the engine has a better delivery, especially at the bottom end, and that has allowed me to set fast times more consistently, as well as increasing tyre life.´

Looking forward to the short break before the MotoGP Official Test in Jerez from 16th to 18th February, the premier class title holder concluded: ´It has been a good test session but now I´m happy to have a couple of weeks to rest and train in the gym. The shoulder feels okay, it is just a little bit weak and sore because I haven´t been able to work on it as much as I would have wanted but now we can do that.´

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MotoGP, 2008, Casey Stoner, Ducati Marlboro Team

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