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Stoner brushes off practice crash

After crashing out of the lead at Qatar, Casey Stoner rebounded to the top of the timesheets in Friday practice at Jerez - but then fell again.

Despite the accident, a lowside with just two minutes to go, the Ducati rider remained fastest - by 0.144sec from Fiat Yamaha's home star Jorge Lorenzo - and claims the similarity between the two accidents has helped with determining set-up direction.

"The crash at the end was a similar situation to Qatar - I went into the corner with less pressure on the front and it closed,” he explained. “It's never nice to crash but at least it gives us a better understanding of what happened in Qatar and which direction we need to take with the set-up over the rest of the weekend.

“Other than that I am really happy - I think this is the first time I've been fastest in any MotoGP session at Jerez. We've started out strongly, we have no worries and I'm looking forward to tomorrow,” concluded the Australian.

Stoner's team-mate Nicky Hayden was a strong third, while reigning world champion Valentino Rossi - who took victory ahead of Lorenzo in Qatar - was fifth fastest.



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monster

May 01, 2010 1:39 AM

The bottom line is IF Stoner doesn't fall off, he's been averaging 1/3 of a second a lap faster than everyone else since September last year. This is 'football fields' in this class If he can keep it rubber side down, they're not going to see where he went

Yeah Stoner, stop pushing the bike whilst trying to optimize set-up. I'm sure i speak for thousands of bike race fans across the world when i say the main reason i watch bike racing is to watch top riders not push the limit of their bikes and not try their hardest. The next thing that's going to happen, knowing how hard Stoner likes to ride, is he's going to try to qualify on pole and then no doubt try and win the race on Sunday, possibly attempting some incredible passing that may result in yet another crash! where will it end? If these so called top riders continue to ride in such an exciting balls out fashion, i may just have to consider watching another sport! :p



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