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Stoner pleased with set-up

On paper, Casey Stoner's Jerez test followed the same pattern as his frustrating Spanish Grand Prix race weekend - a fast early lap which he subsequently struggled to improve upon.

The Ducati Marlboro rider set his best test time, good enough for sixth fastest but just 0.361sec from the top, on lap 4 of 66.

However, Stoner insisted real progress had been made in improving the front-end feeling from his GP10.

Stoner suffered front-end falls while leading at round one in Qatar, and on day one in Spain, before several further scares in the race.

“Today was quite productive because we found a race set-up for this track that was better than yesterday, with improved front feeling which is what we had been looking for all weekend,” said the Australian, who was fifth in Sunday's race.

“We went for quite a radical change and it did the trick but we'll have to wait and see if it works at other circuits because this place tends to put more pressure on front tyres than a lot of places and it requires a particular approach.

“Anyway, we go to Le Mans with a lot of useful data and hopefully it can help us there too.”

Nicky Hayden - who finished ahead of Casey Stoner for the first time as a team-mate on Sunday - took the opportunity to try a variety of different set-up options, clocking the seventh fastest lap time, 0.12sec behind Stoner.

“It has been a useful day even though we haven't found anything spectacular,” he admitted. “That's to be expected because we have taken huge steps forward to get to this point and it's always going to be more tricky to find those last couple of tenths.

“We changed some things with the geometry, suspension settings and a few general areas that we hadn't had time to try over the weekend. We got a lot of data which will be useful because we don't have another chance to test until after Brno."

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Incognito - Unregistered

May 04, 2010 4:45 PM

LOL @ Frustrated Frank How long have you been watching racing? 2 races out of 18 and you are already crunching numbers based on no mistakes of oranges and apples. Jezzz dood, these riders are on the limit all the time and they will make mistakes, crash, poor tire decisions, engine failures, etc. The WC race is not over until is over.

Paul 46!!!

May 04, 2010 3:22 PM

Has the ducati ever been the most stable at the front? it most certainly (especially with Stoner on board) got out of the corners very fast but the M1 for example could always seem to brake that little later and little bit deeper into the corner. I think the other bikes have just caught up with ducati and stoner on how they get the bike out of the corners. Thats the development cycle at work! I am impressed by Hayden, he has shown that just getting your head down and working hard can bring you results. It can't be easy constantly being compared to Casey on the ducati and trying to match or beat him! fair play to Nicky.

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