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Stoner set-up going in “right direction”

Stoner set-up going in “right direction”

After a crash at the start of FP1 at Sepang the Ducati rider went on to set the fourth best time of the session and felt some promise in the shape the set-up of his bike took.

Casey Stoner began his quest for a third win in a row with the opening practice session of the Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix on Friday, setting the fourth fastest time of the hour.

The Australian had a fall at the start of the session but was back on his second bike shortly after, timing in at 0.436s off Valentino Rossi’s top time. Following the practice Stoner outlined his ideas about how he feels the weekend could move forward.

“Today definitely wasn’t the best day but by the end of the session we felt we had something going in the right direction,” he said. “We struggled a bit in the early part, and had a small crash at the beginning of the session so had to switch bikes and do a lot of work to get it feeling better.”

He added: “After that we tried working with the harder compound tyres, we were struggling a bit for rear grip and the feeling in the front.”

The progress made and the potential felt by Stoner means he is optimistic of securing a good grid position for Sunday’s race. “We need to try a few things tomorrow but in general we seem to be going in the right direction. In general we’re not too far off and if we can improve tomorrow we can run with the guys,” he concluded.


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