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Stoner pays the price for mechanical setback as pole streak ends

Stoner pays the price for mechanical setback as pole streak ends

A breakdown in the morning session proved costly for Casey Stoner, whose pole streak ended in Indianapolis.

Casey Stoner was left lamenting a technical problem from the morning free practice session on Saturday, which took up valuable time in his quest to fine tune his setup. The Australian lines up second on the grid after his run of seven pole positions came to an end, whilst teammate Marco Melandri was having problems of his own down in eighteenth.

Casey Stoner - Second

`The breakdown this morning cost us some valuable time during the best part of the session in terms of track condition, so we paid the price for that this afternoon. I was struggling to find grip on the front end and we spent so much time working it out that we didn´t have much time to put in a qualifying lap at the end. To be honest I thought we´d be lucky to get on the front two rows. As it happened we got a surprisingly decent lap together and to end up second fastest is much better than we expected so finally it was not so bad. It means my pole run has come to end but that had to happen eventually and the important thing is we have a good position for tomorrow. Now we have to wait and see what the weather does but we have work still to do on the bike in warm-up whatever the conditions.´

Marco Melandri - Eighteenth

`I´m really disappointed with this second day because we haven´t managed to find a good set-up for the race tomorrow. I haven´t got grip on the front or the rear and I can´t afford to take any risks by pushing too hard. I don´t know if we´ll have time to do anything about it in the 20-minute warm-up tomorrow so I expect it will be a very tough race.´


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