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Stoner engine problem down to faulty component

Stoner engine problem down to faulty component

Post-Grand Prix testing in Le Mans enabled Ducati Marlboro to get to the bottom of Casey Stoner´s ill-timed engine problem, with a faulty component identified as the source of the damage.

The post-race testing activity in Le Mans concluded early for Ducati Marlboro and 2007 MotoGP World Champion Casey Stoner, with the team solving the riddle of their Sunday engine breakdown.

Stoner undertook a series of race tyre-shod laps on Tuesday morning after a full day´s riding on Monday, and his early run was enough for the Ducati mechanics to get to the bottom of the problem. A faulty component was localised by the Australian´s crew and, unable to rectify the situation on the spot and rather than risking further damage to the fleet of Desmosedici GP8 engines, the team opted to conclude their work and head back to Borgo Panigale to replace the part in question.

Stoner had completed 50 laps on Tuesday, which permitted him to work on Bridgestone rubber for the upcoming Gran Premio d´Italia Alice. Teammate Marco Melandri followed the 22 year-old´s schedule, and his second day was an abridged affair. He took to the track at 10.30am as a result of chilly temperatures early on, and joined Stoner in packing up shop at the 12pm lunch break.

Stoner finished outside the points for the first time in his Ducati tenure last Sunday, whilst Melandri also experienced engine problems and stalled on the starting grid.

MotoGP, 2008, Casey Stoner, Marco Melandri, Ducati Marlboro Team

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