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Stoner likes new engine

Casey Stoner confirmed his initial positive impression of the new 'revised engine configuration' for his factory Ducati during the second day of post-season testing at Valencia.

The Australian, who won two races either side of a mid-2009 break to treat fatigue problems, dropped from first on Monday to second on Tuesday, despite lowering his personal best lap time by almost half a second.

“We weren't able to make much use of the day yesterday because of the high winds but today the conditions were much better,” said Stoner.

Stoner is riding with what sounds like a 'big bang' style engine configuration, compared with the smoother firing order he and Ducati have used since the switch to 800cc in 2007.

“The new engine setting, which I am preferring so far, changes the performance of the bike in different ways, for example in corner exit, so we have to modify the set-up in order to get the most out of it,” he explained.

“I also have to get used to it and adapt my riding style accordingly. It probably means I can't get on the gas as hard and fast out of the corners but can keep it open more further in the corners.”

The #27 also continued work on new forks and tested a new soft rear tyre from Bridgestone.

Stoner's best lap was 0.256sec behind Jorge Lorenzo but 0.333sec ahead of the Spaniard's factory Yamaha team-mate and seven time world champion Valentino Rossi.

“In general I'm very pleased with how things are going,” he concluded.

Team-mate Nicky Hayden continued with a variety of set-up and tyre experiments, completing 84 laps - compared with 44 for Stoner - and clocking the fifth fastest time.

“Today we worked mainly on confirming our impressions from yesterday, running some more tests on the new forks and a bunch of other things on the bike set-up and with the new tyres,” said Hayden, who reduced his best time by 0.377sec, but was over one-second behind Lorenzo.

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November 10, 2009 9:57 PM

"Can't really understand why they'd change the firing order when Stoner has been tearing the balls of his opposition lately" The same reason they change anything in MotoGP or F1 -to see if it's better. The whole point of testing is to find something that works better. If it's better they will use it if not they will junk it.


November 11, 2009 1:16 AM

Look back at the introduction of the big bang motors at Honda, while Doohan was there. He wasn't keen on them because they eroded his strategic advantage. They brought the rest of the field closer to him. He could ride the screamer but nobody else (who was still racing) could. So after a while he asked for the screamer back, hoping that some of the less savvy opposition would follow suit. They did. The fact that many observers correctly figured all this out, as it was going on, only served to increase Doohans' mental domination of the rest. Another objective achieved.

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