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Stoner happy with front row start

Stoner happy with front row start

Qualification on the front row for the Ducati Team rider for tomorrow’s TIM TT Assen left him satisfied, save for a minor issue towards the end of the session with his GP10.

Casey Stoner was third fastest in qualifying for the TIM TT Assen on Friday after a fast lap towards the end of the hour saw the Ducati Team rider get within 0.288s of Jorge Lorenzo’s pole position time.

Having found only minor improvements on day one the Australian and his crew worked hard throughout Friday’s practice session prior to qualification, and Stoner was pleased with how the set-up of Demosedici GP10 had progressed.

“The last set-up we threw in the bike seemed to make quite an improvement,” he said. “This morning we were pretty happy with it but this afternoon we never really reached where we wanted to. We had a small problem with the clutch – we had some air in the hydraulics and it wasn’t working properly so I had to use the full pump of the clutch just to shift back through the gears. A thing I think we can fix anyway.”

Stoner opted to end his qualification session two minutes early after hearing a loud noise from his bike, which only turned out to be a misfire from the engine.

“I got one qualifying lap in and went to start my second but the bike sounded like it backfired and so I decided to call it quits – it was better to be safe than sorry and to start the race tomorrow fresh,” he explained. “We’ll have to wait and see what happens in the race but if we will be able to make some more little steps in the tomorrow's warm-up we may be not too far off.”

MotoGP, 2010, TIM TT ASSEN, Casey Stoner, Ducati Team

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