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Stoner content with Jerez performance

Stoner content with Jerez performance

World Champion Casey Stoner was quietly satisfied with his progress at the end of the three day MotoGP Official Test over the weekend and despite a small crash on the final day in Jerez he is understandably optimistic about the start of the season.

World Champion Casey Stoner was quietly satisfied with his progress at the end of the three day MotoGP Official Test over the weekend and despite a small crash on the final day in Jerez he is understandably optimistic about the start of the season.

Looking forward to testing and racing under the floodlights as the last test of the preseason takes place in Qatar ahead of the Grand Prix visit to Losail International Circuit, Stoner produced some decent lap times on race tyres at the Jerez de la Frontera on Monday before wrapping up early.

Like the rest of the MotoGP grid he was not able to complete a full test schedule due to intermittent rain and high winds over the weekend, but having won a new BMW on Sunday and having completed 57 laps on the last day he could afford to leave the Spanish circuit in a positive frame of mind.

"It hasn't been perfect conditions for these three days," stated the Ducati Marlboro rider. "We haven't been able to test wet tyres fully and we haven't been able to do a lot of dry settings but this afternoon we got a bit of time and we definitely made some improvements with one bike. We went in a different direction with the other bike and struggled to make it work, and unfortunately I had a little slip off today, but nothing too big. We've definitely improved the rear grip, the rear traction."

"Before the start of the season I don't really want to set the bike up too much for this circuit, because it works really well at other circuits. This one seems to be a little bit more of a specialist one and you know, you could get the bike set-up here and it doesn't work always in a lot of other places. We're quite happy with where we are set-up wise. With a decent set of race tyres, with what we plan to run in the race I'm sure we'll do some pretty good times."

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MotoGP, 2008

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