Stoner confident of pace in all conditions
11 June 2011 – Casey Stoner believes his Repsol Honda squad will be able to perform well in both dry and wet conditions at Silverstone tomorrow, with forecasts predicting rain at the Northamptonshire venue. The Australian stormed to his fourth pole of the season ahead of Marco Simoncelli, claiming his weekend ‘has gone really well’ so far.
"Everything has gone really well this weekend, we were lucky it stayed dry for qualifying but it doesn't look so good for tomorrow," Stoner began. "We've been competitive in each session and in various weather so I hope we have prepared ourselves for the race tomorrow, whatever the conditions.
"We haven't changed too much from the set up we had in Barcelona and this afternoon was important for us to see what we could get from the hard tyre, what our pace is and if we can find some more edge grip, and we definitely found some more traction so I'm very happy with how everything is working at the moment.
"For the pole position we changed the set up and balance of the bike a little and on my best lap I closed the front a few times and wasn't so confident with the balance, so I feel lucky to have got the pole but for sure it's the best way to start the Grand Prix. We'll see what the weather does tomorrow but I love this track and love this part of the UK and I'm really happy to be here!"