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Stoner: Tyres, overtaking tricky

"Just because I don't like a circuit or I'm not really happy with the surface doesn't mean I'm going to let it affect me" - Casey Stoner.
MotoGP World Championship leader Casey Stoner carried his dominant practice form into qualifying at Indianapolis, where he claimed his seventh pole of the season by over half-a-second.

Local star Ben Spies appears the only rider capable of preventing Stoner winning his seventh race of the year, although running offline during overtaking - and tyre wear - remain major issues for the race.

Stoner has been critical of the circuit layout as well as the new asphalt this weekend, but it certainly hasn't slowed him down.

"I'm not going to beat around the bush and say, 'Yeah, it's one of my favourite tracks,'," said Stoner. "This track has very, very tight corners. You're kind of just rolling through some of the corners. So it doesn't give you a lot of enjoyment. There's only a few corners that really are a lot of fun.

"The asphalt is still not in great condition. We're all struggling with graining of the front tyre, which is due to lack of grip. I think we're going to continue to have that problem.

"The amount of dirt and dust that's on that circuit is quite amazing. As soon as you go offline, it doesn't matter how fast you're going, it was very, very slippery.

"It's going to be a lot of hard work just to understand for overtaking. I think it's going to be really difficult to find some clean spots on the track to overtake safely. We're just going to have to try and get a good start, get away well and see how the race pans out.

"We all have to race in the same conditions, and just because I don't like a circuit or I'm not really happy with the surface doesn't mean I'm going to let it affect me."

Stoner's nearest title rival, reigning champion Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha), is 32 points behind the Australian. Lorenzo will start third on the grid.

Dani Pedrosa, last year's Indy winner, will start from fourth, having qualified over one-second from team-mate Stoner.




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Dr Moo - Unregistered

August 28, 2011 12:48 AM

Before the moaners start accusing Stoner of moaning, that word irony spirngs to mind again, take heed of what the man said... "I'm not going to beat around the bush" That's Australian for I'm not going bull**** you or lie, but I'm going to tell you exactly what I think... I'm going to tell you the truth the way I see it. To me, it's an adminrable quality to be truthful. Ok, wheel out the haters...

gjn - Unregistered

August 28, 2011 3:05 AM

oh yeah also posing for his photos in Ducatis hall of fame must take up some time for Casey huh? I hear Ducati is thinking about reducing the size of the motogp section to one room. The Casey Stoner exhibition hall. Apparently the proposed Valentino Rossi pavillion has been downsized and converted to a public toilet block and counselling room for distressed fans.



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