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Rossi and Stoner ready for another battle

Rossi and Stoner ready for another battle

Having participated in a superb fight at Laguna Seca, front-runners Valentino Rossi and Casey Stoner predicted more exciting action this weekend, at Brno on Thursday.

Leading World Championship pair Valentino Rossi and Casey Stoner both attended the official press conference at the Cardion AB Grand Prix Ceske Republiky on Thursday and after their amazing duel in the United States last month the duo are ready for more of the same.

The legendary Italian rider and his young Australian counterpart were the focus of worldwide attention after their brilliant American fight and Stoner´s post-race comments questioning Rossi´s tactics added to the hype - but the two stars shared smiles and a handshake in the Brno media centre as they looked forward to further drama this weekend.

World Champion Stoner, who trails Rossi by 25 points in the general classification, appeared to have mellowed in his view on the Laguna contest declaring, `Like all riders we react the way that we do sometimes. Valentino has made comments that I have agreed with on what Toni (Elias) has done in the past. Maybe we over-reacted.´

`I think I am going to hopefully just be putting up more of a fight in the last few laps this time, whereas I ran off and crashed at the last race. It would be nice if I can put pressure on right up until the last lap.´

Rossi reflected on his victory on in California last month saying, `It was a fantastic race for me and for my team because we were able to produce a great performance. We were working hard throughout the weekend, I had a good setting and it was a great, great battle with Stoner.´

In reference to this weekend's twelfth GP of the year Rossi added, `I had a bad race here last year but some good results here in the past. It is a track that I like and where I won my first Grand Prix in 1996. I am very curious to try it out on the Bridgestone tyres and to understand the grip and the potential of the new surface.´

Commenting on the title race `The Doctor´ also said, `Seven races are a lot. It is a long way. We have to work hard because there are a lot of different tracks from here until the end of the season.´

Meanwhile, Stoner provided his perspective on the championship run-in joking, `For Valentino it is a long way to the end of the season but for us it is a short time! We always need more races, but we can only do what we can do and we look forward to the rest of the season.´

MotoGP, 2008, CARDION AB GRAND PRIX ČESKÉ REPUBLIKY, Casey Stoner, Valentino Rossi, Fiat Yamaha Team, Ducati Marlboro Team

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