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Changes pay off for Stoner in QP

Changes pay off for Stoner in QP

Third position on the timesheet gave the Ducati Team rider a front-row start for the Grand Prix of Japan after some major changes to the set-up of his bike.

Significant changes to the Desmosedici GP10 of Casey Stoner paid dividends for the Australian rider and his Ducati crew at Motegi on Saturday, as he managed to place his bike on the front row of the starting grid for the Grand Prix of Japan.

Having worked through a range of set-up options to adapt his machine to the demands of the Motegi track Stoner ended up with a setting which was vastly different from the one that helped him to victory last time out at Aragón, and managed to place third in QP at just 0.104s off Andrea Dovizioso’s pole position time.

“We started out yesterday with a very similar setting to Aragón, with a similar geometry, but we had to drop the bike quite a lot because we were having a lot of problems under braking and in the exit from the corners the front was coming up,” explained Stoner. “So we dropped it down to try and get some more stability but then found that we had lost grip. The track was getting better and I was riding harder but we were getting slower!”

He continued: “We had to lift the bike a little to get more weight over the rear and decided to put up with the wheelies. Immediately we found an improvement and the lap times started to tumble. From there we threw a soft tyre in and we escaped the clutches of the third row so we're happy.”

Tags:
MotoGP, 2010, GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN, Casey Stoner, Ducati Team

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