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Champion Stoner looking for solution to pace problems

Champion Stoner looking for solution to pace problems

After Casey Stoner qualified on the third row for the second Grand Prix in succession on Saturday the World Champion told motogp.com that his Ducati Marlboro team are struggling to understand why he is off the pace in Portugal.

After Casey Stoner qualified on the third row for the second Grand Prix in succession on Saturday the World Champion told motogp.com that his Ducati Marlboro team are struggling to understand why he is off the pace in Portugal.

Having qualified seventh and finished the race 11th in Jerez, his worst result for Ducati, Stoner finished with a ninth place grid spot at Estoril on Saturday and has been unable to match even his own pace from the 2007 visit to the Portuguese circuit in September - when he took third place in the race.

`We expected to be a bit more competitive,´ said Stoner, `especially since sixth months ago here we were a lot faster, so we can´t figure out why we are struggling. We´re a second and a half off the pace so we really need to pick something up before the race.´

On the final opportunity to make improvements on Sunday morning and Ducati´s wider problems which have seen all their riders aside from Stoner qualify close to the back of the grid, `The warm-up will be our last chance. We found three tenths of a second this afternoon but it is still nowhere near enough. It´s not just me, the other Ducati riders are having the same issues, so we have to figure it out for all of us.´

Tags:
MotoGP, 2008, bwin.com GRANDE PREMIO DE PORTUGAL, Casey Stoner, Ducati Marlboro Team

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