Casey Stoner returned to Europe last week for his first official test with KTM. The Australian teenager began a three-day session at Estoril on Thursday and declared himself delighted with the results.

"I am very happy," said Stoner, who was forced to miss the Estoril race earlier this year through injury. "So far the test has been spot on - the team, the bike, everything. At the beginning the bike felt quite strange, much lighter than the Aprilia, but we changed some suspension settings and I quickly started to get a good feeling.

"All the mechanics are very nice and seem to know what they are doing, whilst Harald Bartol has been great - he's a very interesting guy and I think I can learn a lot from him," he added.

Earlier in the week the 18-year-old paid a visit to the factory headquarters in Austria, where he remained convinced his decision to join one of the newest teams on the Grand Prix scene was the right one.

"The factory was unbelievable - for me it was like being in dreamland because I have always loved KTM off-road bikes. They turn out 350 units a day, which I could hardly believe. It just goes to show what a big firm they are and I am proud to be riding for them," Casey concluded.

 

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