Casey Stoner says he is becoming 'desperate' to return to the MotoGP winners' circle after missing out on the chance to challenge at the front for the Czech Grand Prix.

Having moved one step closer to winning his first race of the season with a second place finish at Laguna Seca, Stoner was confident of launching a challenge for victory at Brno, but struggled to match Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa.

Lamenting the rain the affected warm-up and prevented Ducati from fettling the set-up on the GP10, while Stoner made it five podium finishes in a row with a run to third place, he says it was not the result he had originally targeted.

"To be honest I can't be completely happy with this result, even though it is always good to be on the podium. Towards the end of qualifying we thought we had found a good way forward with the setting but we needed to finalise it in the warm-up and we didn't get chance because of the rain.

"I was struggling with the front for the first few laps and lost too much ground on the two leaders. It looked like there were other guys having similar problems to me and I saw Dovi crash right in front of me.

"Things improved towards the end but I was too far from Dani and Jorge to trouble them. We have work to do but we're not too far off and I am desperate to fight for victories again - for myself and for Ducati."

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