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Tuning the key for Stoner

Tuning the key for Stoner

Casey Stoner is pleased with his continued progress, but still has some rear-grip issues to deal with after the first practice at Sepang.

After a positive first session at the Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix on Friday, Casey Stoner is pleased with how his Desmosedici GP9 is shaping up, but there is still work to do on the machine for the Australian.

Rear-grip issues were a problem for Stoner during his victorious home GP weekend at Phillip Island last time out, but he managed to secure victory regardless.

After setting the second-fastest time behind Jorge Lorenzo in the opening practice at Sepang, Stoner knows exactly what needs working on.

“I’m very happy with the way things have gone this weekend. Since the first session in Portugal we’ve basically been in the top two every time,” Stoner told motogp.com.

“Today we started off a little bit weak, we weren’t feeling very good on the bike, but we slowly improved it as the session went on and everything started to feel a little bit more comfortable. Hopefully we can continue the rest of the weekend like this, but everyone else is going to be pushing real hard, that’s for sure.”

Stoner continued, “We’re struggling a lot with rear grip again, the same as we have been all year. Again the bike’s turning brilliantly, but we still need to work on that a little bit. We’re having some chattering problems which we really need to improve. With the rear grip, on the edge of the tyre when we’re on full lean angle, we’re really struggling. We’ll see if we can improve that a little bit tomorrow and we should be quite happy if we can.”

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MotoGP, 2009, SHELL ADVANCE MALAYSIAN MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX, Casey Stoner, Ducati Marlboro Team

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