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Stoner and Lorenzo compare Jerez histories

Stoner and Lorenzo compare Jerez histories

The top two podium finishers in Qatar, Casey Stoner and Jorge Lorenzo were reunited in the press conference room at the Circuito de Jerez to comment on their contrasting histories in races at the Spanish circuit.

The top two podium finishers in Qatar, Casey Stoner and Jorge Lorenzo were reunited in the press conference room at the Circuito de Jerez to comment on their contrasting histories in races at the Spanish circuit.

Reigning MotoGP World Champion Stoner finished fifth at last year´s race, and the Ducati Marlboro rider has by no means had a bad run in Jerez, although he still yearns for a rostrum finish to add to his collection.

`We struggled here last year for sure. We weren't really up to speed on these tight, twisty tracks this time last year. But we've had all of last season to get everything to work on the chassis and things like this. Now we've also got a bit more acceleration so on the corners here we should be able to punch out of them harder,´ said Stoner, ominously revealing some extra power is present in the already monstrous armoury of the Desmosedici GP8.

`I've never been on the podium here but I've always scored points and all but once in the top six. It doesn't really affect the rest of the season what result we get here, because we've always been able to do well in the other races. But we'll give it 100% this weekend and I think with what we've improved in testing we should be more competitive than in past years.

If Stoner has been a relative `also-ran´ in Jerez over the past few years, Jorge Lorenzo has been the man of the moment at one of the Spaniard´s favourite tracks. The Fiat Yamaha rider has won the 250cc version of the race for the past two seasons, including his maiden victory in the category two years ago.

`For me Jerez is a special circuit. I set a record here in my debut when I was 15 years and one day old!,´ commented Lorenzo, who had to wait until the Saturday practice sessions to make his 125cc debut due to his tender age.

`I got my first victory in 250cc here. It's a circuit with long corners and for my riding style it's quite good. We are prepared, focused, motivated and happy. But the race won't depend just on us, so we'll see what happens.

Both riders will be on track on Friday morning for the opening MotoGP practice session, which takes place at 10am local time.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2008, GRAN PREMIO bwin.com DE ESPAÑA, Jorge Lorenzo, Casey Stoner, Fiat Yamaha Team, Ducati Marlboro Team

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