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Stoner says grip key to fight for victory

The Australian returns to Germany having finished on the podium at Assen and in Barcelona.
Casey Stoner heads to the latest round of the MotoGP World Championship in Germany looking to find the 'few tenths of a second' that currently split himself and Jorge Lorenzo.

Following an erratic start to the season aboard the Ducati GP10, Stoner has found some consistency in recent races to finish on the podium at Assen and in Catalunya, lifting him to sixth in the overall standings.

Claiming to have a 'good feeling' on the bike now, Stoner will use the Sachsenring race as an opportunity to find the grip that he believes his keeping him from challenging for race wins.

“We have always had pretty good races at Sachsenring, I got my first-ever podium there and I'm definitely looking forward to it,” the Australian, who announced in the last week that he is Honda-bound in 2011, said.

“We're a little more confident with the bike, everything has worked well enough in the last three races and we just need to find a bit more speed - just a few tenths of a second. We have to try a few different things to get some grip without losing the good feeling we have with the bike at the moment.

“You definitely need good side grip at Sachsenring because through a lot of those long corners you need to keep the gas open as long as possible. Also when you come over the top at turn 12 the rear gets very light and wants to wriggle around, so you really need some traction over the top there.

“Anyway, I'm looking forward to the next race because if we can find a good set-up it can give us the opportunity to do well. I want to put some good results together and both myself and the team will be working hard and giving 100% to get them.”

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July 14, 2010 10:47 AM

You give him the finger Rosto. Every lap Stoner goes past he is getting paid a lot of money to do what he loves. Every time you stick your finger up at him, every lap you are just another jealous nobody in the crowd!!!

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