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Stoner confident after Estoril boost

Casey Stoner is looking to get back to winning ways on home ground after declaring his return to competition in Portugal a success.

Following a three race lay-off recovering from a mystery illness, Stoner announced his return at Estoril in fine style with a run to second position behind Jorge Lorenzo.

Furthermore, with no complaints of being fatigued beyond 'predictable tiredness' at the end of a full MotoGP race'. Stoner is feeling optimistic for the final few events of the season, starting with his home round in Australia.

A happy hunting ground for the 2007 world champion, Stoner was a winner at Phillip Island in 2008, although he admits a similar performance will be somewhat harder to replicate on this occasion.

“I'm looking forward to Phillip Island," the Ducati rider said. "In Portugal I was able to get to the end of the race weekend without problems, just the predictable tiredness after a full MotoGP race, following two months of inactivity. So maybe I'll be a bit more ready for Phillip Island now.

“Besides that the temperature down there is a bit colder than other races we go to and that suits better my physical conditions at the moment . The track is awesome - it's fast, flowing and there isn't really a section that the riders don't enjoy.

“Normally races are fantastic there. I've had a dream run over the last couple of years but this one is going to be a little different so we have just to wait and see what we can do.”

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McRacing - Unregistered

October 12, 2009 12:29 PM

Well done astrax (note sarcasm). Dissing a proven rider, ex world champion and dismissing any chance he has in a race which he could realistically win. still the only rider that can do it on a ducati. people like you make me laugh. you focus on a rider or two and declare eveyone else a whinge/loser etc. if he wasn't one of the best in the world he wouldn't be where he is.

dracula - Unregistered

October 12, 2009 12:24 PM

@ astrax: Next to the annoying content of your comment,your use of caps is just as annoying. Did you know you can turn off the caps lock on your keyboard?

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