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Stoner drops in on Iveco

Stoner drops in on Iveco

Ahead of his home race, the Iveco Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island, the Ducati Team rider paid a trip to the factory of the title sponsor of the event where he met workers and signed a car for charity.

Casey Stoner provided a special workplace treat for workers in the Dandenong (near Melbourne) factory of Iveco on Wednesday when he paid a visit to the premises ahead of the Iveco Australian Grand Prix. As well as being title sponsor of Round 16 of the 2010 MotoGP World Championship, Iveco also sponsors the 24 year-old rider.

After answering questions at a press conference Stoner then signed an Alfa Romeo car which will be raffled to raise money for the Royal Flying Doctor Service, which is the beneficiary of the GP. The Ducati man also autographed an Iveco truck which will be displayed in the factory and also as part of a parade at the Phillip Island circuit on Sunday.

Following that Stoner fielded a series of questions from around 200 factory workers after which he posed for photos and signed autographs, and he said: “It's great to come and take a look around here again, and we also really appreciate what Giorgio's (Gallia, Iveco Australia Managing Director) doing by sponsoring the Grand Prix and me. We're happy to give back whatever we can and to get a win this weekend would be fantastic.”

Having taken victory at his home event for the past three seasons Stoner – who will be going for his third win of 2010 this weekend – is naturally looking forward to the GP.

“We'll do all we can to try and get the bike set up and see if we can try and push for another win here,” said Stoner, who also explained why Phillip Island is his favourite track on the MotoGP calendar. “It wasn't designed with a computer, it flows with the land. It has very fast corners so definitely flows together – there are only a few slow turns. The rest of it is very unique, the way it goes up and down, quite severely in some places, so it definitely gives you a bit of an adrenaline rush and really gets it pumping. I think a lot of riders enjoy this track so much mainly for that reason!”

“It's definitely not a track to ride in the wet! In the dry it's definitely the best circuit in the world, for me. I enjoy it the most,” concluded Stoner.

MotoGP, 2010, IVECO AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX, Casey Stoner, Ducati Team

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