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Podium the product of “fantastic team job” says Stoner

Podium the product of “fantastic team job” says Stoner

The Ducati Team rider scored his first top-three finish of the season at Assen and was extremely satisfied with how his bike worked throughout the weekend.

Casey Stoner’s fourth podium in four seasons at Assen left the Australian in a much happier frame of mind following his third place at the TIM TT Assen on Saturday, as he took his first top-three placement of the 2010 campaign.

The Ducati Team rider was especially pleased with his Desmosedici GP10 after front end issues had affected his prototype in the opening rounds of the season. Stoner also believes the bike had the capacity to challenge for the win not only today but in the previous round at Silverstone as well.

“Everybody has done a fantastic job with the bike and for the last two weekends we have had a bike capable of winning the race, but I have made some mistakes,” Stoner, who finished behind Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa, told motogp.com. “I’m pretty happy with the way everything was working this weekend and of course to be standing on the podium. We should have been here a couple of times already this season but I suppose we have to be happy with where we have got, and that we can take some points back on second place in the Championship.”

With the busy schedule continuing without respite Stoner is hoping that an issue with arm pump does not hinder him too much.

“There are a few races very close together now which I’m looking forward to. I need to improve my physical shape with my right arm because I’m struggling with arm pump a little bit, something I’ve never had before,” he explained. “Everything is so close and we won’t have much time to recover so we will see what happens in the next few races.”

Next up is the Gran Premi Aperol de Catalunya and Stoner is heading to round seven with an open mind as far as targeting a race placement is concerned.

“Catalunya is a track we have done well at in the past, unfortunately we have been struggling with grip a little bit this year and Catalunya is not really going to help that situation, so we will have to see how we go and there are no expectations going there,” he concluded.

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

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