Casey works hard on setups on day one at Mugello

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Reigning World Champion Casey Stoner had a difficult first day at Mugello today, placing sixth on the timesheet with a lap 0.451 off the top.

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Teammate Dani Pedrosa, reinvigorated by the announcement of his contract renewal with the Repsol Honda Team for the next two seasons, had two positive sessions on Friday, improving his times from one run to another by almost eight tenths. Third in the morning session, 0.746 off Lorenzo, the Spaniard reduced the gap to just 0.31 in the afternoon.

Casey also bettered his times as the day went on, although his position went down. He was second in Free Practice 1, 0.518 behind Lorenzo. In the second session he dropped to sixth, experiencing a lack of comfort on his bike and with the harder tyre compound.

After 17 laps, Casey’s best time was 1’48.527, 0.451 slower than Lorenzo.

Casey Stoner
“We haven’t had a great day and aren’t too impressed with our pace on the bike. This morning we began very far off the pace and slowly made our way forward. This afternoon we were trying to get the hard tyre to work, but every time we went out it didn’t work so we came back in to try something different and then go back out but it was still the same. We can’t seem to get the same tyre temperatures that the others are getting at the moment, we’re trying to find it through different set ups, but we haven’t found it just yet. We have some thinking to do tonight and will try to come back tomorrow with something different”.

Source: Repsol Media