Stoner fears maintaining record will be tough
23 October 2012 – 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.