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Stoner unsure of victory potential

Stoner unsure of victory potential

It may just be mind games but Casey Stoner says winning at Catalunya on Sunday may be beyond him from third on the grid.

Third in qualifying and seventh in FP2 on Saturday at Montmeló Casey Stoner was satisfied that he was making some progress at the end of the day, but believes repeating his superb 2007 Barcelona win on Sunday could be a big ask.

Talking through Saturday’s proceedings at a scorching hot Catalunya circuit, Stoner revealed, “We’re pretty happy with the way things have gone, but we still need some improvements before the race because Valentino (Rossi) and Jorge (Lorenzo) are riding really well. Everything seems to be set up pretty well for them, but we are not quite there yet.”

“In the afternoon we made some big steps forward and I think for the end of the race we should be a bit more competitive because of that. However, we still need to improve our lap times by a few tenths of a second and get to a pace that we are reasonably happy with.”

On the subject of going for maximum points in Sunday’s sixth race of the MotoGP season, Stoner said, “Victory? I don’t think so. We will see in the morning warm-up if we can make some further improvements and try to find a good solution. Whatever happens we will just race as best as we can.”

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

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