News 15 Sep 2010

MotoGP: Stoner looking for “something extra” at Aragon

Australia's Casey Stoner says he's looking for "something extra" entering this weekend's Motorland Aragon round of the 2010 MotoGP World Championship, hopeful of returning to the podium on Sunday.

Aussie Casey Stoner is vying for his first win of the season at Aragon this weekend.

Aussie Casey Stoner is vying for his first win of the season at Aragon this weekend.

Australia’s Casey Stoner says he’s looking for something “extra” entering this weekend’s Motorland Aragon round of the 2010 MotoGP World Championship, hopeful of returning to the podium after difficult rounds at Indianapolis and Misano recently.

2008 MotoGP World Champion Stoner is yet to taste victory so far in 2010, although he enters this weekend confident that the Ducati Marlboro Team can turn thier season into a victorious one as he battles for a top three position in the title standings.

“I’m happy to be going to Aragon,” Stoner commented. “The last two races have been difficult for us and racing at a new track is exciting. We’ll go into the weekend with optimism and hope that the track is good fun and well suited to the Ducati, although being realistic we know we face a tough job to find something extra.

“The team and all the engineers are doing a fantastic job so it is a case of giving my maximum and helping come up with something new to improve the feeling with the bike, to get it turning better and find some more grip. More than anything we want to put the last couple of weeks behind us.”

Team manager Vittoriano Guareschi also looks forward to the Aragon round of the series, which is all-new to the calendar for season 2010.

“Aragon is a new circuit that has excited every rider to have tried it because it is spectacular, with lots of elevation changes, fast corners and a lot of good places to overtake,” the Italian explained.

“We will have four sessions so we will try to get the most out of them and find a good setting because even though the overall track time is the same this format allows us to work better on the bike. As always we will give our best to be competitive again after two tough races.”

Stoner currently sits equal fourth with Valentino Rossi in the title chase on 130 points apiece, nine behind Honda’s Andrea Dovizioso.

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