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Rear tyre revelation leaves Stoner and Ducati at a loss

Rear tyre revelation leaves Stoner and Ducati at a loss

The miraculous improvement experienced at Le Mans with a Bridgestone rear, deemed ineffective in Portugal, leaves Ducati scratching their heads.

Casey Stoner´s results on Bridgestone tyres are unparalleled in MotoGP, but the 2007 World Champion and his Ducati Marlboro crew have been left puzzled by the inconsistent performance of a particular rear tyre as of late.

The Australian ran a tyre used with little success in Portugal at the Le Mans post-race test, and immediate improvements caused pleasure and confusion in equal measures.

`We worked on an old rear tyre from Portugal that went well; before we´d been struggling to get any kind of rear temperature. This one now seems to be running where we need it to be. The grip level is unbelievable,´ said Stoner on Monday afternoon.

`We put it on today without changing anything, and immediately the lap times went down. We don´t understand exactly why that is yet.´

Aside from the engine breakdown both experienced and resolved during Ducati´s stay in France, front rubber was also singled out for attention during the test. Although the perfect front tyre still eludes Stoner, he believes that it is one of the final pieces in the jigsaw to return to the top of the standings.

`With a better front I think that at least here we would have been more competitive. Maybe we wouldn´t have won the race, but at least fighting for the podium,´ reviewed the reigning title holder.

MotoGP, 2008, Casey Stoner, Ducati Marlboro Team

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