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Stoner third quickest in Friday heat

Stoner third quickest in Friday heat

Last year´s Sepang race winner Casey Stoner started the 2008 Polini Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix as the third fastest rider on Friday.

In the hot, sticky conditions of Sepang Casey Stoner was third on the Friday free practice timesheets, whilst his Ducati Marlboro colleague Marco Melandri was fourteenth.

Casey Stoner - third

`It has been a frustrating day to be honest because we don´t seem to have a tyre that works at this track and suits our bike. The weather didn´t help because this afternoon it was constantly spitting and we couldn´t really push hard enough to get any decent information back. Hopefully with the data we got from a couple of laps we can improve the bike a little bit for tomorrow. The Desmosedici puts less pressure on the rear than other bikes so we tend to run softer rear tyres, but this circuit requires a hard compound and it seems the tyre that works best here is giving us a bit too much rebound. The bike is moving around a lot and I´m getting a lot of vibration. The limited track time this afternoon leaves us with a lot of work to do tomorrow so hopefully the weather stays dry. We had similar issues in Phillip Island and we managed to get on top of them so I think by Sunday we can have a good solution.´

Marco Melandri - fourteenth

`We worked hard with the tyres today but the conditions were constantly changing so we couldn´t find anything we felt happy with. We also have to work a lot on the bike because when I´m not pushing it feels okay but as soon as I try to pick the pace up the same old problems return. We always have problems opening the throttle and with front feeling. If I ride at a normal pace it´s fine but the harder I push the slower I go.´

Tags:
MotoGP, 2008, POLINI MALAYSIAN MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX, Casey Stoner, Marco Melandri, Ducati Marlboro Team

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