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Stoner and Simoncelli both confident for a victory

Stoner and Simoncelli both confident for a victory

Repsol Honda’s Casey Stoner and San Carlo Honda Gresini Team’s Marco Simoncelli discuss what tomorrow’s AirAsia British Grand Prix race will bring, after a magnificent battle for the pole between the two in qualifying.

The famous Silverstone circuit was the setting for a qualifying session that saw both Stoner and Simoncelli top the timings, with the Australian getting the upper hand by the end of the session by a margin of 0.188s.

The Repsol Honda rider, who was also fastest on Friday, discussed setting pole position.

“We got quite lucky with pole today, we tried a couple of things with the bike to get more edge grip, and in qualifying we changed the front a bit,” explained the 25 year-old, who finished fifth at the circuit last year. “I pushed during my qualifying lap, I lost the front a few times, two of those moments were more than I like to push, so I’m glad I made it through and held pole.”

The weekend had varying track conditions, from rain to sun and everything in between, though the former World Champion remained unconcerned for race day. “It doesn’t matter what condition the weather is. I prefer dry conditions, but I’m ready for anything the weather brings.”

Simoncelli, after setting pole position at the Catalunya round, is determined for his first premier class win. “I hope to fight for the podium tomorrow, I made pole in Barcelona, but I have a better feeling here with the bike. I’m feeling ready to fight for the podium - and the victory,” said the Italian.

The 25 year-old also remained undeterred regarding rain predictions for race day. “We have to see with the weather tomorrow, if it’s wet or dry. But I’m quite fast in both conditions.”

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MotoGP, 2011, AIRASIA BRITISH GRAND PRIX, Casey Stoner, Marco Simoncelli, San Carlo Honda Gresini, Repsol Honda Team

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