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Stoner walks on water at Sepang.

"We're really strong now and I can only see us getting stronger, which is great for next season" - Casey Stoner
Casey Stoner rode to his fourth victory of the 2009 MotoGP season, and second in a row, with an incredible wet weather ride at Sepang in Malaysia on Sunday.

A heavy tropical storm delayed the race start and meant the 17-rider field would be riding in wet conditions for the first time all weekend.

Starting third - after Jorge Lorenzo was moved to the back of the grid - Stoner got a poor start, but salved the situation with some smart moves through the right-left first turns, which he emerged in fourth position.

The Ducati star rode around his rivals to lead by the end of first lap, then appeared to almost effortlessly pull over 17 seconds ahead, before backing off slightly as the track began to dry to win by 14.666sec.

“It was the same conditions for everyone today. None of us had tested in the wet here for quite a long time,” said Stoner. “I was a bit tentative and didn't get a good start, but slotted into fourth coming out of turn two and was pretty happy with that.

“When I took the lead I thought I'd test the track for a few laps and I didn't expect to pull the gap I did.

“After that I just decided to keep going for at least half race distance and by the time I got a gap I was happy with I backed off because the track was starting to dry a bit. The tyres were actually in a lot better condition than I thought, but they were getting a bit 'greasy',” he explained.

Having missed three rounds to seek treatment for mystery fatigue problems, Stoner has now finished a near-perfect 2nd, 1st and 1st in the three races since his return.

“We can't ask for anything more,” declared the 2007 world champion. “These last three races been have been close to perfect, we were only one result off that in Portugal and that is a difficult circuit for us anyway.

“A big thanks to my team, everyone that has supported me and all the doctors that have helped me out.

“I'm really looking forward to Valencia now, a circuit I really enjoy,” he continued. “We're really strong now and I can only see us getting stronger from here, which is great news for next season.”

Whilst Stoner celebrated victory, third for Valentino Rossi gave the Italian his ninth world championship.





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TC! - Unregistered

October 26, 2009 10:35 AM

I think for comparison purposes the last three years are more relevant not because it's the 800cc era, but because they've both been factory riders. To compare Rossi's circumstances in 06 (factory bikes, factory technicians, factory budget, Michelin "specials", etc,etc) to Caseys circumstances (customer bike, new team to the class with no previous experience, shoestring budget, over the counter tyres, etc, etc),................ well surely anyone can see that a comparison is hardly valid!

FarKana! - Unregistered

October 26, 2009 9:39 AM

3,2,1 Let the Stoner bashing begin - by nobodies and wannabees tappity tapping on the keyboard, snickering at their own purile verbal vomit knowing full well that they are neither worthy to comment or capable of ever performing like the man they hate so passionately. saddest thing is they hate someone they don't even know..... pathetic little creatures.



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