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Stoner tips Rossi to push Lorenzo

Casey Stoner hopes that the return of Valentino Rossi to MotoGP will mean that the Italian's Yamaha team-mate and title leader, Jorge Lorenzo, soon has a battle on his hands once again.

Lorenzo was just nine points in front of Rossi when the Italian broke his leg during practice for round four at Mugello.

Although Honda's Dani Pedrosa went on to win in Italy, Lorenzo has won comfortably in the three rounds since to build a 51 point lead over Pedrosa.

Stoner, who crashed from the lead at round one at Qatar, admits he has also failed to step-up and challenge the #99 in Rossi's absence - the Australian only taking his first podiums of the year with third at the last two rounds.

"I haven't really been able to really challenge Jorge so far this season, but once Vale gets back up to speed then I'm sure he'll give him a run for his money!" said Stoner, during the pre-event press conference.

The former world champion also commented on his newly confirmed switch to Honda for 2011.

"It was an emotional decision because there have been a lot of good times with Ducati, but we decided we wanted a new challenge for next season," explained Stoner.

"I'm excited about this weekend and the rest of the season, but I'm also looking forward to what the future will hold."



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fan - Unregistered

July 15, 2010 7:03 PM

"I haven't really been able to really challenge Jorge so far this season, but once Vale gets back up to speed then I'm sure he'll give him a run for his money!" said Stoner. You idiots will always make something out of nothing.

Uzumaki - Unregistered

July 15, 2010 7:19 PM

No kidding maybe you dummy's missed the part where he said... " BUT once Vale get's back up to speed I'm sure he'll give him a run for his money".Which obviously does not mean this round but in the next couple of races Rossi will get back up to speed and do what he's always done WIN races. And he hasn't challenged Lorenzo this year so this also is true. What's the big deal. :?



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