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Stoner: Grip key to Motegi hopes

Casey Stoner targets a second straight MotoGP victory in Japan
Casey Stoner says that his hopes of a second straight MotoGP victory this weekend in Japan lies with Ducati continuing the find more improvements with the GP10.

Stoner took his first win of the year at Aragon last time out after the team managed to improve the stability of the bike and find more grip, with team-mate Nicky Hayden also benefitting from the improvements to give Ducati a double points finish.

After a season where the team has struggled to take the fight to Yamaha and Honda, Ducati will seek to end the year on a high – with a strong result in Japan the target ahead of three races in as many weekends.

“Motegi is a circuit with a lot of stop and go sections, not much of it flows together and it's not one of my favourite layouts,” he said. “On the positive side the surface is smooth, with not too many bumps, which have really made us suffer at a lot of tracks this year.

“You need a bike that is stable under braking and efficient under acceleration so I am hopeful that the setting we found at Aragon can be useful here again. In Spain we finally managed to improve the stability and found a bit more grip and if we can do that again this weekend we will have the chance to fight for a good result again.”

Team manager Vittoriano Guareschi said the team was hopeful that the Aragon improvements would allow Ducati to fight at the front again in Japan although he admitted that the two circuits share little in common.

“We are coming on the back of a good result at Aragon, where both Casey and Nicky were fast all weekend and their bikes worked well,” he said. “Obviously it would be nice to us to get to Japan and find that the latest modifications are taking us in the right direction, especially because Motegi is a very different kind of circuit to Aragon.

“Our riders are in good form and the team is ready to tackle the triple-header that starts this Sunday and so all the ingredients are there for us to try and repeat that result. But it's never easy and we know that our job is to stay focused and give maximum effort as always.”

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September 28, 2010 5:00 PM

Good on Casey for still showing commitment to improving a bike and team he's parting company with. As for winning in Motegi.Tall order unless it rains. Would like to see him win there,but,dry race,I'll bet on George.

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September 29, 2010 3:52 AM

How about call 1-999-LOREN4U. This one can dial the GOAT's bike with his own settings, kick his ass on it, force him to break his leg, whine about a healed shoulder and so on. You can't go wrong with the GOAT's daddy. BTW if yamaha italia would have listened to Crutchlow from the first race they wouldn't have to wait for Rossi to come in and complain about the same exact problem of all year so they can show their kissing ass ability to set up the bike properly. Too bad Crutchlow's crew chief went to Lorenzo.

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