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Stoner unsure of victory challenge

After being fastest in Friday practice for the Spanish Grand Prix, Casey Stoner's Spanish Grand Prix weekend has gone into something of a stall.

While his rivals have improved their set-ups, Stoner ended up going back to the set-up he used for his very first laps on Friday - making third on the grid in Saturday's qualifying session a pleasant surprise.

“Yesterday and this morning we were reasonably happy, we just needed a few tenths,” began Stoner, whose best Jerez finish is last season's third place.

“Unfortunately we've basically gone back to the exact same setting that we first hit the track with yesterday. That's alright when the setting is perfect, but we've still got quite a bit to work on.

“It was good enough to get on the front row, which I'm really happy about as I definitely didn't expect it, but I thought we would have progressed a little bit more by this stage. We'll have to try a few things in the warm-up and hopefully run across something

“But in general the bike is working a lot better than it ever has around here. We feel more confident than we ever have. Just not happy with the fact that we haven't really progressed with our set-up. We haven't improved at all during the weekend.

“So a lot of work to do tonight, but we'll just see what happens tomorrow. Anything can happen,” added Stoner, who proved the unpredictability of racing by crashing from a safe lead in last month's Qatar Grand Prix.

Home stars Dani Pedrosa (Honda) and Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) will start in front of Stoner, while the Australian's factory Ducati team-mate Nicky Hayden will start from fifth position, just behind world championship leader Valentino Rossi.



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