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Stoner content with Friday Barcelona performance

Stoner content with Friday Barcelona performance

Third on the MotoGP timesheet on Friday Casey Stoner felt some improvements with his Ducati prototype at Montmeló despite a small crash.

The 2007 World Champion Casey Stoner returns to the scene of one of his epic race victories from that astounding title-winning season this weekend at the Catalunya circuit and he felt comfortable in FP1 despite a small crash towards the end of Friday’s outing.

The Australian star likes the Barcelona track and is in a confident mood having won at Mugello two weeks ago and now having started the six race weekend of the year in third place on the timesheets, close behind title rivals and Fiat Yamaha colleagues Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo.

The current standings leader told, “Things have been going pretty well. We were trying some very different things on the bike that I crashed on. I didn’t have a good feeling on the front end in one part of the corner, but with everything else the feeling was pretty good. I think on Saturday we should be able to improve the lap times and improve the feeling overall.”

He continued, “The bike that I did my best lap time with is quite similar to what we’ve had in the past and everything is ok but we have still got a long way to go, so I think that when I get back on the other bike that I crashed on I should be a little bit better and more competitive.”

After a recent test by Vito Guareschi on the Desmosedici Stoner has some new settings to test over the weekend and he says he can already feel improvements with the latest evolutions of the bike. Having seen his colleague Nicky Hayden take a step forward to lap in sixth place on the timesheet, Stoner noted:

“We got some good information and I have been using settings that Vito has been using in testing. I am a bit lighter than him so the bike wasn’t reacting exactly the way I wanted it to as everything was a bit too rigid. I think we will soften it off on Saturday, but myself and Nicky have both felt the improvement so we are happy with the way things have gone.”

MotoGP, 2009, GRAN PREMI CINZANO DE CATALUNYA, Casey Stoner, Ducati Marlboro Team

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