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Top man Stoner reviews first day

Top man Stoner reviews first day

Ducati’s Casey Stoner spoke to motogp.com after topping the timesheet on the opening day of action at the Alice Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland.

Australian rider Casey Stoner was the fastest man at the Sachsenring as proceedings got underway on Friday, leading the best of his rivals in Germany by a 0.255s margin on a wet-drying track.

Stoner’s 1’22.779 time on the 16th of his 20 laps was enough to put him ahead of championship rivals Dani Pedrosa and Valentino Rossi at the top of the timesheet and even though he is still not at 100% his feeling with the Ducati Desmosedici was good right from the start of round nine’s action.

“If there are wet conditions over the next two days like it was earlier today it is perfect for us, because we can go further in the race and maybe have a chance to win in these conditions, if we find a good setting,” Stoner commented at the end of Free Practice 1. “At the moment we still need to work a lot with the bike.”

The former World Champion went on to add, “The feeling is quite good also in the dry. But we need to work a lot more in the wet, so if it is wet on Saturday that will be a good situation for us. The team did a fantastic job last year and I was able to finish the race in a good condition, but I didn’t feel like this. Anyway everything is feeling quite good and the bike is working really well again. The last few races it has really been working fantastic so it’s a big ‘hats off’ to all my team and Ducati for their hard work. Now we just have to see if we can last the weekend and be competitive for the race.”

Tags:
MotoGP, 2009, ALICE MOTORRAD GRAND PRIX DEUTSCHLAND, Casey Stoner, Ducati Marlboro Team

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