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Stoner confident despite slipping to third

"We know how we feel and we're confident for qualifying tomorrow" - Casey Stoner.
Casey Stoner may have been shuffled from first to third during final practice for the MotoGP season opener in Qatar, but the Repsol Honda rider was far from worried.

Stoner looked on course to complete a perfect practice sweep as he led the way with just minutes of FP3 to go, at which point Yamaha riders Jorge Lorenzo and Cal Crutchlow moved ahead after switching to a soft rear tyre.

Stoner was poised to respond, albeit still with the harder rear, only to be held up by slower riders. The Australian's best time was thus set on only his 4th of 13 laps, but he still finished just 0.372sec from Lorenzo.

“Today has been pretty good for us in general,” said Stoner, fastest from the 9th to 41st minute of the final session.

“We've been able to turn down the electronics a lot more and now I have more feeling and connection with the rear tyre which gave me a lot more confidence. This allowed me to do some good lap times with some pretty old tyres.

“A few people got in our way throughout the session so we were unable to show what we were really capable of, but we know how we feel and we're confident for qualifying tomorrow."

Team-mate Dani Pedrosa was fifth fastest and suffered a fall in FP2.

"The day wasn't as good for us as we would have liked," said the Spaniard. "I had some problems with the electronics and I couldn't ride at a hundred percent, especially in the exits of the corners where we have more issues.

"Let's hope the mechanics can find a solution and we can have a good qualifying session tomorrow.

"The crash in the first session was totally unexpected; it was on my first lap of the second exit and I was not pushing at all. But I escaped unhurt and do it's ok."




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zoohead - Unregistered

April 06, 2012 10:04 PM

nick881, obviously can't read huh? Where is the moaning? He was actually talking positive about what changes were made to the bike, and explained how that improves the feeling of the bike. Don't see how he can be moaning because he's not at the top of the timesheets? Casey has been leading all weekend, it's not qualifying, so I'm sure he ain't too worried. Take your OWN negative crap somewhere else!

zoohead - Unregistered

April 06, 2012 10:14 PM

Actually it's great that you don't like him, cause it will pain you all season watching Casey do what he does best. Cry, moan, try to make every little statement he makes as some sort of huge negative spin...whatever, I'm sure Casey doesn't give a rats: Double world champ, most wins on an 800 and now showing he has some great speed on the new bikes. Must hurt, seeing as you "can't stand him"... Hahaha....Go Casey!!!



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