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Changes provide rewards for pole man Stoner

Changes provide rewards for pole man Stoner

The Ducati rider and his crew made some modifications to his Desmosedici GP10 which contributed towards the achievement of pole position for Sunday’s Gran Premio A-Style de Aragón.

A first pole position since the season-opening race in Qatar was the result of hard work and progressive changes to his bike for Casey Stoner and his Ducati Team crew at Aragón on Saturday, as the Australian qualified in pole position for Round 13.

Stoner has struggled with front end problems this season on his Desmosedici GP10 but in qualifying he set a blistering pace. The 24 year-old was the only rider under 1’49” at 0.309s quicker than closest rival Jorge Lorenzo, and explained that the modifications made to his machine had enabled him to feel more comfortable when pushing for faster lap times.

“We've been trying different things for the last few weekends to try and get the bike more competitive without making really big progress but it looks like we might have found something here,” said Stoner.

“We've changed the weight distribution a little bit and it has given me more grip and confidence. Maybe it's just the fact the bike suits this place but either way we've got to be happy to be back on pole for the first time since Qatar. I also like riding at new circuits – when you haven't already done a million laps around a place it's always refreshing.”

Far from becoming complacent Stoner knows that Sunday’s race will be the real test of the success of the improvements in the bike’s set-up, but he is feeling confident nevertheless.

“We have to wait and see how the race pans out and see if I can run with these guys because we've had a few false dawns already this season so we don't want to get ahead of ourselves, but we feel good in race trim and I'm looking forward to it,” he concluded.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2010, GRAN PREMIO A-STYLE DE ARAGON, Casey Stoner, Ducati Team

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