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Timesheet topper Stoner hoping for long Saturday run

Timesheet topper Stoner hoping for long Saturday run

Australian targets extended outing after series of three-lap stints.

Casey Stoner has been keeping his on-track activity at the Sepang test to a series of brief excursions from the Ducati garage thus far, the rider with the least laps on the board after two days in Malaysia. The Australian is nonetheless the holder of the quickest lap with a 2’01.483 time, and is keen to grit his teeth and push himself for a long run on Saturday.

Stoner was vocal on Thursday about lingering pain in his wrist, noting that the end-of-season operation had left him still searching for full fitness. Friday was no different, although progress was still able to be made by the suffering star.

”The wrist is still bothering me a lot, and I can’t do more than two or three consecutive laps. We have to stop too often for us to be able to fine tune the setup correctly,” says the former MotoGP World Champion.

”In any case, we’ve improved the feeling of the GP9 a lot. We made some rear end adjustments that have really improved an area where we were suffering a lot, and now it is easier to ride the bike.

”I hope that tomorrow I can improve my physical condition a little and try to do a long run, in order to confirm the good feeling that the bike was giving today.”

Stoner undertook 29 laps of the Malaysian track on Friday, his fastest time coming on lap 22.

MotoGP, 2009, Casey Stoner, Ducati Marlboro Team

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