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Stoner: `It should have been me!´

Stoner: `It should have been me!´

Third on the grid for the Alice Grand Prix de France, Ducati Marlboro´s Casey Stoner was quick to extend congratulations to poleman Dani Pedrosa…

On the front row for the Le Mans crunch clash, Casey Stoner can be expected to challenge for victory onboard his Ducati Desmosedici GP8. Whilst pleased with the opportunity presented to him by a fast lap in France. However, he couldn´t help but feel that the pole was achievable.

Casey Stoner – 3rd

`First of all I want to say congratulations to Pedrosa for a great lap. Myself and Dani go back a long way and he´s been riding phenomenally well this season so he deserves to be on pole. Having said that, I think I should have been there instead today! Basically I made a mistake towards the end of my best lap and I think it cost me pole position, so I have to accept responsibility for that. The team have done a great job to get the bike working around this circuit on race tyres and we´ve been fast all weekend. Bridgestone have also been working hard on their qualifying tyres and they gave us something really good today so it was a shame we couldn't translate that into another pole for them. Anyway, from my point of view the qualifying position is not important so long as we're in touch and a front row start gives us a good chance. The most important thing is that we're in good shape in race trim and if it stays dry tomorrow then we could be in for a good battle. Pedrosa and Edwards look like they will be on the pace and you always have to expect Valentino to join in too so hopefully the weather stays dry for the fans and we get a good race and a good result.´

Marco Melandri – 17th

`Unfortunately here at Le Mans we´ve been unable to progress as we'd hoped because the layout of this track highlights the weak points in the set-up of my bike. In China, where the majority of braking is done with the bike upright, we found a satisfactory setting but here, where you have to tip the bike in under braking, I can't get any feel for the rear and I can't go fast. I'm having to go in early and that is making the corners longer. Unfortunately I think it's going to be a tough race for us tomorrow..´

MotoGP, 2008, ALICE GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE, Casey Stoner, Marco Melandri, Ducati Marlboro Team

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