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Casey Stoner is now heading into what he has hyped up as his most important race of the year, with the Australian hoping to keep up an impressive record at Phillip Island. Having now been back for two races since suffering his ankle-injuring crash at Indianapolis, the Honda rider has been unbeaten in Australia since 2007.
“We've really struggled with the bike setup in the past two races and I'm pretty disappointed with that,” says the Honda rider, having finished on the podium in Malaysia last weekend. “We always seem to find our rhythm in Phillip Island but I don't expect it to come easily this year.
“Thankfully, the track goes to the left and we're having a lot less issues with chatter when it goes that way. Also, there aren't so many sharp turns so my right leg might be able to deal with it a little better.
“I'm still nowhere near 100 percent physically and I still need time to be back to full strengthen so I'm not really sure what to expect this weekend. We'll do our best and see what happens.”
In the championship, the soon-to-retire World Champion of 2007 and 2011 is now 18 points ahead of Tech 3’s Andrea Dovizioso for third overall.
Repsol Honda Team
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|17 May||Pedrosa stays fastest in second practice|
|2012 Australian MotoGP Grand Prix|
|28 Oct '12||Latest MotoGP photos: Sunday at Phillip Island|
|28 Oct '12||Lorenzo celebrates second MotoGP world title|
|28 Oct '12||Lorenzo World Champion as Stoner wins at home|
|27 Oct '12||Latest MotoGP photos: Saturday at Phillip Island|
|2 Mar||Stoner impresses on V8 Supercars debut|
|26 Jan||Stoner confirms move to V8 Supercars|
|20 Jan||Stoner set to make V8 Supercars switch|
|12 Dec '12||Phillip Island gets 1.9 million pound upgrade|
|19 May||Latest MotoGP photos: Sunday at Le Mans|
|19 May||Lorenzo fastest in Le Mans warm-up practice|
|18 May||Latest MotoGP photos: Saturday at Le Mans|
|17 May||Latest MotoGP photos: Friday at Le Mans|
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