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Stoner raring to go for 2010 opener

8 April 2010

Ducati's Casey Stoner says he is 'happy with what he has' heading into the opening round of the 2010 MotoGP World Championship as he looks to kick off his title quest in style at Losail.

For the most part, Stoner has played second fiddle to Valentino Rossi over the course of the off-season, although he was able to overhaul his arch rival during the concluding pre-season test in Qatar just three weeks ago.

Indeed, while Stoner admits Losail isn't a favourite circuit of his, his strong results there – including a dominant victory in last year's delayed event – makes him happy to begin the season in the Middle Eastern nation.

“We have always enjoyed great results in Qatar although the track isn't one of my favourites as a rider. It was good that they changed the race from daytime to night because they've made it different to anything else – it's interesting for the fans and it is good fun for us.

Looking ahead to the season as a whole, Stoner is particularly excited about getting to put Ducati's new 'big bang' engine into practice in a racing environment.

“Ducati have come up with a much more manageable engine for this season, it is easier for everybody to understand and from my point of view I am finding it easier to ride fast on used tyres. We have made progress with the set-up ever since the first test at Sepang and we're happy with what we have going into the first race.

“I will give my maximum as always but it is only the first race of a very long season that will only start to take shape from the third or fourth round.”


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