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Perfectionist poleman Stoner waiting on the weather

Perfectionist poleman Stoner waiting on the weather

After taking a fourth consecutive pole position, Casey Stoner is basing his tyre choice for the Alice Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland on the unpredictable Sachsenring weather.

At the head of the grid for the fourth successive race, Ducati Marlboro´s Casey Stoner is the prime candidate for victory in Sachsenring and the new leader of the BMW M Award for qualifying performances. The Australian denies having experienced the perfect weekend, however, despite having broken the pole record for the Alice Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland by a considerable margin.

`Qualifying never used to be a strong point of ours but now we seem to be turning it into one and that is a credit to the team, but also to Bridgestone, who have worked relentlessly on this aspect. We have to be thankful to them for that and to have enjoyed four consecutive pole positions together is fantastic for everybody,´ credits Stoner.

`It has been a good weekend so far but not perfect because of the crash yesterday, which dented my confidence a little bit. The feeling with the front through that corner was good today though, which means I could get on the attack again today. I was struggling a little bit with the rear spinning up in T4 and I didn´t expect my final lap to be enough for pole but we made up enough time in T3 to pull it off and I´m delighted.´

Ducati´s MotoGP Project Manager Livio Suppo was more forthcoming in praise of Stoner´s efforts, having seen his charge continue to impress over the course of the two days of practice.

`Casey deserves to be leading the BMW M Award again; he is riding perfectly again this weekend. He´s gone three weeks in a row without giving his rivals a chance to try and disturb him,´ said Suppo after the latest pole position by Ducati´s first MotoGP World Champion.

`I´m super happy to see him confident again. He´s been the fastest on race tyres consistently throughout the practices, even if Dani Pedrosa and Valentino Rossi are –like always- there with him. I think it will be a tough race.´

Stoner was in similar form at Sachsenring last year, but was left off the podium after a tyre problem. For the 2008 race he will be facing another crucial tyre choice, one that he feels the weather will make infinitely easier.

`We have a decision to make on the race tyre depending on the weather because track temperature today was about 15 degrees less than yesterday so the hard compounds we were using just struggled a little bit today. We couldn´t do quite the same lap times although I wasn´t pushing as hard either, so it would make the decision easier if the sun comes back out tomorrow!´

MotoGP, 2008, ALICE MOTORRAD GRAND PRIX DEUTSCHLAND, Casey Stoner, Marco Melandri, Ducati Marlboro Team

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