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Stoner insists: We’re not far off

Having finished no higher than third so far this year, Casey Stoner bids to find the time he needs to re-establish himself as a front runner at Laguna Seca.
Stoner is 'refusing to make predictions' over the outcome of the United States Grand Prix having fallen short of 'the result he wants' in recent races.

Following a dismal start to the season, Stoner has inched his way back into contention with a trio of podiums in the last three races to push him ahead of Ducati team-mate Nicky Hayden for fourth in the standings heading to Laguna Seca.

A race he won in 2007, the Australian speculates that he is still lacking the 'extra tenth or two' he needs to be a race win contender this year, although he is satisfied the progress is coming.

“Laguna is a circuit I have always liked because it's tough but great fun and it follows the natural undulations and direction changes of the land. I also enjoy the raucous but respectful atmosphere that the American fans provide.

“Naturally I am looking for a good result but I don't want to make any predictions because recently we have been close to the front without managing to finish with the result we want.

“We're not far off - we just need a little more grip, stability under braking and handling, which would give us the extra tenth or two we're missing. It is not much but at the level we're at it will be noticeable. We'll see what happens but the objective is to improve on what we have done so far."

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stavros - Unregistered

July 21, 2010 1:14 PM

Can you imagine had the positions been reversed, and Rossi had produced his fastest lap of the race to beat Stoner on the last lap.. it would all be about what herculean effort is was and what a hard racer to lift the machine beyond its limits yada yada, but of course if someone beats Rossi in that fashion its because they had a better bike or some sh1t.


July 21, 2010 11:06 AM

Ducati are down on power because of the six-engine limit. They can't have an ammo belt of one-race grenade engines any more. I think it has hurt Ducati more than anyone else. As always Stoner is doing a superb job if you look at how the other Ducati riders are faring. I feel Hayden's high placings in the early part of the season were down to the other teams not having their 2010 bikes fully sorted yet. It has all come together for Yamaha and Honda but not Ducati, and as in the past Stoner is the only one who has been able to get the bike anywhere near competitive.

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