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Casey Stoner has said his priority this weekend at the newly built Motorland Aragón circuit will be to put the last couple of weeks behind him and after a less than spectacular run in the previous two events he is 'optimistic' he can do just that.
Stoner has scored 130 points so far this season and while he has taken a number of podiums, he has yet to win.
While he knows he's very unlikely to get on the top step this weekend, the Ducati Marlboro Team man hasn’t by any means given up.
“I'm happy to be going to Aragon,” Stoner said. “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.”
Ducati Marlboro Team Manager, Vittoriano Guareschi, is also hoping for a change in fortune: “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.
“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,” he concluded.
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