Casey Stoner is optimistic that the changes made to the Ducati Desmosedici for 2010 will allow him to enjoy a competitive Le Mans weekend, as he seeks to recover from his worst ever start to a MotoGP season.

Stoner, who made his MotoGP debut in 2006, starts round three of this season with only 11 points to his credit, having crashed out of the lead in Qatar then been left a frustrated fifth at Jerez - just behind team-mate Nicky Hayden.

The Australian's four previous MotoGP visits to the stop-go Le Mans circuit have brought only one podium, a third place during his title-winning 2007 season.

A first podium of 2010 will surely be Stoner's main target this weekend as he seeks to close the points gap to Yamaha riders Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi.

"Because of the "stop and go" nature of the circuit at Le Mans you need a bike that is very stable on the brakes but also agile and quick in corner exit, especially in the slow sections," said Stoner.

"In the past we have usually managed to be fast and run at the front but we've never come away with the results that we would have liked. This year I think we can have higher expectations than the past two seasons there and we will certainly give our best to meet them," he declared.

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