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Stoner out for 2007 repeat at unfavoured Donington Park

Stoner out for 2007 repeat at unfavoured Donington Park

Not a fan of the Donington Park circuit, Casey Stoner will nonetheless be looking to make the most of it as he chases the leadership of the World Championship.

Consistency played a big part in Casey Stoner´s 2007 World Championship-winning campaign, and it is a concept that the Ducati Marlboro rider also applies to his outlook to racing. Declaring a lack of affinity for the Donington Park circuit ahead of last year´s battle of Britain, even a dominant victory in the race has not won the Australian over.

Affection aside, the track is intrinsically linked to the Stoner story. It was the scene of his Grand Prix debut in 2001, and his dislike for the layout and surface does not correlate with a respectable record of results, something that the 22 year-old notes on the eve of his latest visit to Donington Park.

I´ve never really liked Donington much but I have had some good results here so I have good memories. In my rookie MotoGP year in 2006 I finished fourth, close to the podium, and last year I won,´ says Stoner, who is nonetheless confident ahead of an important race for the title picture.

`It was a wet race but even on slick tyres in the dry during practice we were looking strong. The first part of the track is really tough, with the long, downhill Craner Curves and then up to the Old Hairpin, where you're braking with the bike leaned over, moving around all over the place. Some of the other corners are really slow and it´s difficult to find the right set-up for the race because of the difference between the two sections.

`The slow part is really important because that´s where you can pass people, whilst the fast sections give you a chance to make up time and escape if you are ahead or catch somebody up if you´re behind. It's a really tough compromise to make.´

MotoGP, 2008, BRITISH GRAND PRIX, Casey Stoner, Ducati Marlboro Team

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