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Fortunes contrast again for factory Ducati team-mates

Fortunes contrast again for factory Ducati team-mates

Despite his wrist injury World Champion Casey Stoner is at the front of the Misano grid, whereas his Ducati colleague Marco Melandri starts towards the back.

Casey Stoner put the seal on his pre-race dominance at Misano on Saturday afternoon, the Australian setting his seventh consecutive pole position to extend a superb run in MotoGP.

The current World Champion performed under the effects of anti-inflammatory and painkilling medication, with Doctor Costa having also fitted him with a special support designed to limit the effects of a re-opened fracture to the scaphoid bone in his left wrist.

Marco Melandri qualified in fifteenth place and reported his satisfaction at the balance of the bike, although he was unable to move any further up the grid after struggling to improve his pace on a qualifying tyre.

Casey Stoner - first

`The hand wasn´t too much of a problem today although I didn´t want to risk working it too hard. There is a bit of bone floating around in there and when my wrist gets into a certain position in some of the corners the nerves get trapped and I get a shooting pain up my arm. I can deal with that though and we have an important job to do this weekend. We found a good setting for the bike this morning but it didn´t work as well in the higher temperatures this afternoon, so we had to switch back to something else and it worked much better. The lap time could have been better but all in all I´m delighted to be on pole again. It´s going to be a long, tough race tomorrow but I´m looking forward to it.´

Marco Melandri - fifteenth

`We´ve managed to improve the front end of the bike a bit, which is what we wanted, and I´m actually quite satisfied with the balance we´ve found. The problem is that it is taking us too long to find a good rhythm because over the first six or seven laps I don´t have enough grip, especially on the left side of the tyre. A softer compound helps to solve it but we´re not sure it can go race distance. We´ll check it out in the warm-up tomorrow. It won´t be easy tomorrow because at this circuit in particular you have to be fast from the start.´

MotoGP, 2008, GP CINZANO DI SAN MARINO E DELLA RIVIERA DI RIMINI, Marco Melandri, Casey Stoner, Ducati Marlboro Team

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