News 2 Sep 2011

Stoner confident for Misano despite mixed past results in San Marino

Stoner feels confident he can continue his strong form at San Marino.

Stoner feels confident he can continue his strong form at San Marino.

Repsol Honda’s Casey Stoner is confident to continue his strong form of late as he comes into San Marino this weekend. Other than being knocked down in the second race of the year in Jerez, Stoner has been on the podium in every race and arrives in Misano riding a career best streak of ten podiums in a row.

Stoner has been fast in Misano in the past. Despite missing the 2009 race and having a mediocre result in 2010, his 2007 world championship winning season saw him win from the pole and take pole the next year, and he is confident he can do something similar this weekend given his current form.

“I’m looking forward to going to San Marino and seeing how competitive we can be. In 2007 and 2008 we were fast there, then I missed 2009 and last year we struggled a little, so we’ve had a mixed bag of results,” said the Aussie.

“It’s a nice track, I like the two corners off the end of the back straight, they’re a lot of fun and very fast. I know Dani and Jorge (Lorenzo) will be very fast there, but I’m coming off the back of three wins and in a strong position in the championship, so we’ll see what we can do and I’m confident we can get a good result.”

Stoner’s seventh victory in 12 races gave him a 42 point lead in the 2011 MotoGP World Championship coming into San Marino this weekend.