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Stoner seeking Saturday improvements

“As it is now, we need to improve before we can say if we're competitive or not" - Casey Stoner.
Reigning MotoGP champion Casey Stoner set the third fastest lap time in both of Friday's free practice sessions for the US MotoGP at Laguna Seca.

While Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa led the way on the all-new RCV, Stoner has opted for the new engine fitted to the original chassis.

The Australian - who was forced off track at the end of FP2 when he caught CRT wild-card Steve Rapp midway through a turn - finished the day 0.369s from Pedrosa, with Yamaha's title leader Jorge Lorenzo in second.

“It hasn't been a particularly eventful day, we didn't really get the package we were hoping for,” said Stoner.

“We struggled a little this morning with stability on the soft tyre, we improved it slightly this afternoon on the hard tyre but found the bike to be quite aggressive and there wasn't much grip.

“We have a few things to try tomorrow morning, if we can make some small improvements then we'll be very happy with the bike. As it is now, we need to improve before we can say if we're competitive or not".

Stoner starts round ten having dropped 37 points from Lorenzo in the past two rounds.

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DJ from TJ - Unregistered

July 28, 2012 3:29 AM

I'm not a Stoner fan, but is hard not to acknowledge his accomplishments and his talent. He is an enigmatic guy in my opinion, I sometimes like his attitude and his interviews but many times I don't care for them, but one thing is clear, he's going to be missed inside the track. I also learnt that when he's on fire magic happens. But anyways, he was 3rd fastest last year and he won after battleing with Pedrosa and Lorenzo(granted Lorenzo was beat up after that bizarre crash) none the less the guy is a threat any given Sunday.

Hahahaha - Unregistered

July 28, 2012 4:24 AM

Apparantly SOME Stoner fans can be as blind as some Rossi fans when they want to be. So from what I gather reading these comments, he's not ahead of Pedrosa in free practice because Honda are sabotaging him, someone else says it's because he's 'letting pedrosa win'. Really guys is this your best effort, the guy that everyone praises for going for the win no matter what is letting his team mate beat him as a confidence building exercise? You need your heads looking at, seriously. Maybe Pedrosa has just been faster than him in free practice...

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