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Stoner fit for Sachsenring

“There is so much partial throttle here as you spend a lot of time on the edge of the tyre” - Casey Stoner.
Reigning MotoGP champion Casey Stoner doesn't expect the physical effects of his heavy Assen practice accident to be a problem this weekend in Germany.

The Repsol Honda rider suffered one of the biggest and most painful accidents of his career when he was caught out by a rain shower and highsided in Friday practice, banging his head, shoulder, wrist and knee.

But the Australian responded by claiming pole position that afternoon, then won the race - and tied Jorge Lorenzo for the title lead - after the Yamaha rider was taken down at turn one.

“Assen was a pretty tough weekend for us as far as injuries and everything, but over these last days everything has healed up quite a bit more and we don't really have any problems now,” said Stoner, speaking at the Sachsenring on Thursday.

“And this track physically isn't quite as hard as Assen, where you have a lot of high-speed change of direction. Here it's a little bit gentler on the body, so I think we should be ok.”

The 2008 German Grand Prix winner also spoke about the specific challenges provided by the tight and twisty Sachsenring layout.

“There are only a few areas you can use full throttle, especially now on the 1000,” he began. “There is so much partial throttle here as you spend a lot of time on the edge of the tyre, which puts a lot of wear and tear on it.

“And then when you do want to open the throttle there's usually not a lot there - you've either got too much temperature or the compound's so hard - to compensate for the time you have on the edge - that you have no grip.

“There won't be a lot of time on full throttle for sure. Anyway, it's a challenging circuit and we've had pretty good success here in the past.

“After Assen it gave us a little more hope. We improved the bike definitely for Sunday. After trying to use the hard tyre all weekend, we got on the soft and immediately it was working better.

“So if we can continue that here and reduce the front chatter we should be ok.”

Free practice in Germany starts on Friday morning.



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