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Stoner: We’re pretty happy

“We'll try and improve the chatter, but if we can't we're still competitive” - Casey Stoner.
Reigning double MotoGP champion Casey Stoner only rode during four of the six available test days at Sepang, spread between two visits, but was unbeaten whenever he took to the track.

The Repsol Honda star missed day one of last month's first test due to a back strain, then - like all four RCV riders - was forced to sit out the second day of this week's return while an engine problem was investigated.

But nothing, even continued chatter problems with the 2012 Bridgestone tyres, could knock Stoner from his stride and the Australian finished Thursday's final day in Malaysia on top of the timesheets by 0.175sec from team-mate Dani Pedrosa.

“When I did my fast lap it was with 52 degrees of track temperature, the highest of the day, and 19 litres of fuel. So we're pretty happy,” said a relaxed Stoner, before heading for the nearby airport.

“We thought we could have gone faster this afternoon, but we'd finished everything we needed to do so there was no need to risk anything.”

Despite his dominant form, Stoner admitted only minor improvements had been made to the persistent chatter problem and doubts there will be a cure in time for the first race.

“The fact that we've had it this long now and not really improved it means we might have to do race one, and maybe more, with the chattering,” he said.

“We'll try and improve it, but if we can't we're still competitive.

“It's just feeling more than anything with the chattering. We've definitely got a few tenths in us without the chatter, but my main concern is if we get to tracks where maybe we haven't got the perfect feeling, the chatter will make it worse.”

Although the vibration has proved hard to shift, Stoner believes there could still be a simple fix.

“A new chassis isn't necessarily the answer. It might be something small like moving weight distribution around but unfortunately, with missing yesterday, we haven't had a lot of time,” he explained.




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Dalton - Unregistered

March 01, 2012 3:35 PM

“We'll try and improve the chatter, but if we can't we're still competitive” This is the attitude of winners. Stoner has chatter? He does not care, rides around it. Lorenzo's bike lacks horsepower? He does not care. pushes that much harder out of corners to make up for lack of top end. If it was rossi, all we would hear is how the team needs to "do more" and build new parts to improve the bike. Often bike racing is not about the bike, but the rider. Rossi and Ducati have already lost the season before a single race has taken place.

Irishguy - Unregistered

March 01, 2012 3:09 PM

That man Stone knows nothing, he needs to tell Honda he wants the chassis from the year 2047 bike, and if that doesn't work he needs to get the chassis from that new push bike he bought for his daughters first birthday and if that don't fix it not to worry, them guys over at Ducati will fix it in 80 seconds flat because the real proiblem is he's not trying hard enough. Casey Stoner is not an Alien - He is a God!



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