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Stoner welcomes strong team-mates

"When we're off the track we're team-mates and when we're on track they are other competitors" - Casey Stoner.
For the first time in MotoGP, it looks like new Repsol Honda rider Casey Stoner has team-mates that are able to get close to him in terms of speed.

Stoner was fastest over all three days at last week's second Sepang test, but with team-mate Dani Pedrosa in second each day and just 0.138sec behind the Australian overall. Andrea Dovizioso was fifth, third and fourth. asked Stoner what he thought about having close competition from within his own pit garage.

“For me it's good,” Stoner replied. “When we're off the track we're team-mates and when we're on track they are other competitors.

“It's been the same for me my whole career. You concentrate on your side of the garage and that's all that matters.

“The fact that I have two other guys in the garage with me doesn't change anything. But, yeah, it's definitely interesting [how close we are].

"We finished 1-2-3 on day two and almost again on the other days... It could be a colourful season!” he smiled.

Stoner was the lone LCR Honda rider during his rookie 2006 MotoGP season, then was rarely troubled by team-mates Loris Capirossi, Marco Melandri and Nicky Hayden during four years at Ducati.

The Australian won 23 races and the 2007 world championship during his time on a Desmosedici, compared with one race win for all his team-mates combined - a wet/dry victory for Capirossi at the 2007 Japanese Grand Prix.

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Big Hairy Balls - Unregistered

March 01, 2011 8:12 AM

Nearly equal, surely your kidding?? He never even touched the bike before, knew nothing of it or what settings he would use, no track data....nothing, he didn't even know the kid who got the lunches, yet he beat all the established riders at every test both for speed and consistency? I think he still has plenty up his sleeve, playing it a lot smarter this time me thinks.

elton - Unregistered

March 01, 2011 7:48 AM

Casey is gonna love kicking Rossi's **** every round, and Rossi can't use the excuse that he's on the Ducati cos Casey managed to win a title and 23 races on it hahaha

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