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Stoner set for revenge?

Casey Stoner will start Sunday's Czech Republic Grand Prix holding the upper hand over MotoGP World Championship leader Valentino Rossi, although his Laguna Seca 'experience' means the Australian will be taking little for granted.

The reigning MotoGP world champion has mastered both dry and wet conditions at Brno so far this weekend, edging out US Grand Prix winner Rossi by 0.189secs in the dry on Friday then lapping 1.189secs clear of the Italian during Saturday's wet qualifying session to secure his sixth pole in a row - a new record since the introduction of the four-stroke MotoGP class in 2002.

"We went out at the start and tried to basically put a good few laps together because we still didn't really know what weather was going to do," explained Stoner. "It looked like it might clear up but it actually did the opposite. I still wasn't totally happy with the set-up so I came in to make some changes but when we went back out there was two or three inches of standing water in some places and the bike was aquaplaning everywhere.

"We knew that as long as the rain kept coming as it did then nobody was going to be able to go much quicker because the track conditions were so difficult. Once again we have worked well together as a team, Bridgestone have given us some excellent rain tyres and we're on pole, so that is very satisfying."

However, Stoner had dominated to an even greater extent heading into the Laguna Seca race - when his performance advantage ultimately counted for little in the face of a persistent attack from Rossi.

That stunning duel came to a premature end when Stoner made a mistake under braking and the Australian, who has declared his intention to at least last the distance with Rossi should the same situation arise this weekend, unsurprisingly remains cautious.

"The points are not dished out until tomorrow and anything can happen, especially in the wet, so we'll just stay focused, stay relaxed, and hope the weather stays dry!" concluded Casey.


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FooAtari .

August 16, 2008 10:40 PM

"Don't doubt if it's wet those duck electronics are amazing in the wet..." Jesus Christ, let it go. Your a fool if you think Yamahas electronics are not as good as Ducatis. Where did Melandri qualify again? Oh yeah, that's right, 11th. 4 seconds, that's right 4!! seconds off Stoners pace. If the bike was that good, you would expect him to be in the top 6 at least.

roman - Unregistered

August 16, 2008 11:07 PM

Stoner just had to sit on the bike,put it on autopilot set to "It is raining-go really fast please" and hang on. I watched Qualifying and you could see through Stoners visor-he was actually nodding off down the straight. In fact it looked a guy in his pit garage was really riding it with a playstation consul, sending electronic signals to his bike. This is what some Stoner "non-fans" (I won't say haters) would believe. In fact it is a very good bike,(developed in a team with a poofteeenth of the Jap factory resources and budgets) he is a very good rider (as they all are) and he just happened to go faster than any body else in the wet (and dry). I hope he wins the race .-and championship



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