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Glorious swansong a bridge too far for Stoner?
23 October 2012
Casey Stoner has a sixth consecutive victory in his sights at Phillip Island this weekend but isn't expecting an easy ride at his home race.
The reigning MotoGP world champion, who will retire at the end of the season, returned from injury at Motegi and was back on the podium last weekend at Sepang, finishing third behind team-mate Dani Pedrosa and Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo.
Stoner would love nothing more than to round out his short but stellar career in MotoGP with a glorious swansong at Phillip Island, but the 27-year-old is adopting a cautious stance as he prepares for the penultimate round of the 2012 championship.
“We've really struggled with the bike set up in the past two races and I'm pretty disappointed with this,” he said.
“We always seem to find our rhythm in Phillip Island but I don't expect it to come easily this year.
“Thankfully the track goes to the left and we're having a lot less issues with chatter when it goes this way.
“Also there aren't so many sharp turns so my right leg might be able to deal with it a little better, added Stoner.
“I'm still nowhere near 100 per cent physically and I still need time to be back to full strength so I'm not really sure what to expect this weekend – we'll do our best and see what happens.”
Stoner will be honoured at his home circuit on Thursday, when Turn 3 will be renamed 'Stoner Corner' in tribute to the two-time MotoGP world champion.
Fellow Aussie bike legend Mick Doohan will also perform exhibitions laps on Stoner's RC213V Honda this weekend.