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Stoner slowly building with Brno podium

Stoner slowly building with Brno podium

The Ducati Team rider scored his fifth consecutive rostrum of the season with third at the Cardion ab Grand Prix Czech Republic.

Casey Stoner’s consistency of finishing in the top three continued at Brno on Sunday as the Australian placed third, his fifth straight podium of the campaign. The result moved Stoner into third place in the Championship standings but the 24 year-old said he had hoped for more after finding some promising adjustments to the set-up of his Desmosedici in qualifying.

“It’s more points and we are dragging ourselves back up the leader board. We were a long way down at one point but got back up to third, but we didn’t make up any ground on the front two… we haven’t been since the beginning of the season,” said Stoner.

“We started the weekend a little slow and gradually got more speed. Yesterday afternoon I thought we had something at the end of qualifying because the bike started good but not great, so I really wanted to check it in warm up but that was wet so we went into the race a little bit in the unknown. We were quite lucky really. The start of the race was bad because I was closing the front and there was too much weight on the front, but as the fuel weight came down the bike started to work a lot better and I felt more comfortable and was able to improve my lap times and position. So we’re happy with another podium but feel we should have been pushing more towards the front this weekend.”

Next up is Indianapolis where Stoner will continue his quest for a first win of the season.

“I didn’t go there last year and have only been there once so we’ll have to see how we go,” he said. “We were quite fast when we went there two years ago. Nicky was on the podium last year so hopefully the package works and we’ll see if we can fight for it.”

MotoGP, 2010, CARDION AB GRAND PRIX ČESKÉ REPUBLIKY, Casey Stoner, Ducati Team

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