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Stoner looking forward on return to past glory

Stoner looking forward on return to past glory

Memories of his 2007 World Championship triumph are far from Casey Stoner´s mind as he attempts to keep the 2008 series alive.

Less than a year has passed since Casey Stoner´s coronation as the 2007 king of the premier class, but his reign seems all but certain of coming to an end in the coming weeks. The Ducati rider trails Valentino Rossi by 87 points with a possible century still up for grabs, but will as always be lining up with the desire to show his talent and challenge for the victory –and possibly keep the title hunt alive- on Sunday at Motegi.

`I´ve had a mixed bag of results at Motegi - some good, some bad. Obviously the best memory is of last year with the title victory but as always I prefer to look to the future rather than reflect on the past.´ says a pragmatic Stoner.

`The track has always given me the impression that it is more suited to cars than bikes because it is full of hard braking and acceleration zones and there aren´t many flowing sections. Anyway, it is a fun track and I think it can be good for our bike and tyres,´ he adds of the track at which he took sixth in the 2007 race, won by ex-Ducatista Loris Capirossi at the end of his long spell with the Italian factory.

The possibility of Stoner undergoing early surgery on his troublesome scaphoid had been put forward by both rider and team since the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix, but the Australian appears to have set his sights on a post-season operation.

`The wrist hasn't given me great problems over the last week and seems to be improving on the last couple of weeks so I can't wait to get back on the bike and try to get a better result than we've managed lately.´

Stoner needs to finish ahead of Rossi and at the very least in the top four to deny the Italian the title, and even then several possibilities could still see his rival become World Championship.

MotoGP, 2008, A-STYLE GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN, Casey Stoner, Ducati Marlboro Team

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