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Stoner refreshed for title assault.

Having had his relentless charge to the top of the MotoGP standings interrupted at Laguna Seca, Casey Stoner is keen to get back on track in Brno following the summer break in his quest to catch Valentino Rossi.

Coming off worse in what has been described as one of the finest MotoGP races of all-time, Stoner has lost a little bit of ground to Rossi in the standings and now heads to the 12th round of the season with 25 points to make up.

Nonetheless, having finished on the podium in the last six races, Stoner is confident he is capable to repeating the victory he managed around the sweeping Czech circuit in 2007.

“Brno is a nice track but it's demanding too – a bit like Mugello and Phillip Island, two of my favourites. In 250 I was on the podium and last year we won, so with the bike performing as it has been lately we should be able to fight for good results again.

“We've still got quite a few points to make up in the championship, which won't be easy, gut the whole team are working so hard and we'll give it our best shot. After that, whatever will be, will be.

Letting the dust settle between himself and Rossi after Stoner criticised his rival for aggressive riding, the defending champion has spent the summer break relaxing in his native Australia ahead of the weekend, but is now determined to get back on the bike and keep the title fight open.

“After the race at Laguna Seca I went back to Australia and spent a bit of time with my wife and family away from the track. I got some rest in but I also trained hard and now I can't wait to get back on the bike.”

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Oscar - Unregistered

August 12, 2008 8:19 AM

More of the same old, same old Crash commentator stuff. Rossi the master racer gave Stoner a lesson at Laguna, bet on it Stoner took notice and won't make that mistake again. Yes, Stoner is still learning his craft, yes he speaks without thinking about the impact of what he says - but those two gave us an epic race and both deserve our thanks for it. What do you guys want - racing that has us cheering like loons or a post-race love-fest? Can nobody give Stoner credit for fighting to over his limit on the track against the best in the business for the past 8 years on a tough bitch of a bike to ride? You want nice? - go watch an ABBA musical...

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