Casey Stoner, Championship leader in the current MotoGP season, looks confident of pulling another finish when they head to Misano.
The Aussie has been very strong this season after making a switch to Repsol Honda from Ducati Marlboro. He’s so far picked up seven wins and has a lead of 44 points over Jorge Lorenzo, the defending Champion who rides for Yamaha.
Stoner’s most recent win was at Indianapolis Motor Speedway where he won pretty much unchallenged for most of the race. Stoner now targets his eighth win at Misano where he rode all the way in 2007 to his title.
Stoner told he was very much looking forward to racing in Misano and see how competitive they could get. He told they were fast in Misano in 2007 and in 2008, but then he missed the 2009 race because of illness. He told they did struggle a bit last year, so overall the results in Misano was a combination of good and bad results.
He told the Misano track was nice, he liked the 2 corners just off the back straight’s end, and they are fun to ride and fast too.
He tells he knows Pedrosa and Lorenzo would be faster too, but since he was racing after three good wins, he was in a very strong position and would be seeing what they could do. He told he was confident that the result would be good.
Another MotoGP rider going for a strong win is Cal Crutchlow. The British rider’s Championship so far has been hampered with many injuries, particularly the collarbone fracture he did suffer at Silverstone British GP.
The collarbone fracture left Crutchlow to pull out of 3 of the five races held thereafter, but at Indianapolis he was competitive where he finished 11th best. Cal is eager to race in Misano and was confident as he’d raced here before in the World Superbike and World Supersport Championships. He feels after a good race at Indianapolis he was very much eager to racing in Italy now. He tells their primary objective at Indianapolis was to up the learning curve and finish with a good result, and they seem to have accomplished that. The result at Indianapolis was encouraging enough to lift his confidence and boosted both his and the team’s morale who he says have been supporting him throughout. He said they certainly wanted to finish a bit higher, but he was pretty happy with his pace at Indianapolis. He tells he doesn’t have to worry too much about reading the track as he’d raced in Misano before and that was a big positive before the start of the race. He told this weekend he wanted to get a good result for his team for all the efforts they’ve been putting in order to make the bike work fine for him.