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Stoner heads to toughest track

Jerez is Casey Stoner's joint least-successful circuit alongside Le Mans in France.
After a perfect start to his factory Honda career, with victory in round one of the 2011 MotoGP season at Qatar, Casey Stoner now heads for Jerez - a track that has traditionally been one of his 'worst' circuits.

Stoner has only taken one podium - a third place in the 2009 MotoGP event - from his nine previous visits to Jerez in all grand prix classes.

That makes the Spanish Grand Prix his joint least-successful event alongside Le Mans in France, where Stoner also has one third place from nine race starts.

As such, many are eager to see how strong Stoner and Honda will be this weekend, especially since it is a home circuit for his chief early-season championship rivals - team-mate Dani Pedrosa and Yamaha's reigning world champion Jorge Lorenzo.

Lorenzo and Pedrosa finished one-two at Jerez last year, when Stoner was fifth on a Ducati, but were second and third behind Stoner during his Repsol Honda debut in Qatar.

If Stoner can beat them again at Jerez it will be a major psychological blow for the Spaniards.

“In the last few years, I haven't had very good results at Jerez, as I could be fast but in the race things didn't always go my way,” admitted Stoner.

“After the good start of this season, we have the chance to complete a positive weekend. The Championship has just started and we have a lot of work to do”.

First free practice at Jerez takes place on Friday morning.

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davey - Unregistered

March 31, 2011 11:27 AM

Stoner could win this. But with lorenzo and pedrosa wanting to win on home soil, i think a 3rd for stoner wouldnt be too bad at all. Who said Stoner does not have the development skill of Rossi? Really? Well lets see if Rossi can make that race winning bike win races again, as he certainly has sent it backwards since he got his mitts on it, thats for sure. Where people get the idea that Rossi is some sort of development god is beyond me.

Mish Mash - Unregistered

March 31, 2011 1:06 PM

'In 2003 the Yamaha was really struggling, in 2004 it became a championship winner.' Jon,there was nothing wrong with that bike in 2003 it was just the wrong riders on it, that M1 had won 2 races in 2002 and not just that but it beat a Burgess prepared Honda twice with none other than Mr Rossi on board, so it was hardly shabby. Why does everyone keep harping on about how brilliant Rossi's 2004 Yamaha debut was, Rossi new he could win on it, that's why he signed, i'd of been more impressed if he'd gone to Suzuki and turned that nail around. The same could be said about Stoner changing bikes this year and winning 1st time out on it, but i don't see the same amount of hype about that. Rossi is a great rider and probably the best i've seen but let's not keep blowing smoke up his jacksy.

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