Casey starts Japanese GP from seventh on the grid

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Still easing his way back into form without wanting to compromise his recovery from injury, Casey Stoner will start from seventh on the Motegi grid tomorrow.

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Casey Stoner’s return to action has been more difficult than expected, after problems with one of his bikes yesterday and a hard slog finding a setting today.

He was able to knock seven tenths off his time from the third free practice session, placing seventh in both of the runs. He will take off from row three tomorrow.

Casey Stoner
“To be honest I thought we had a shot at the front row today. The first soft tyre we used we achieved a pretty good time and I knew we had something extra in reserve, in both myself and the bike. We thought with the second soft tyre we would improve but unfortunately we went in the wrong direction with the bike and I had no rear grip, so I decided to play it safe and not push too hard. Physically I’m a little sore but not so bad, I’m just struggling to lift the bike out of the right hand corners and it’s making setting up the bike more difficult than it should be. My team can see that my lean angles are no where near what they usually are. I can’t get my foot out of the way, therefore I can’t lean the bike over enough or pick it up quickly on the exit of the corner. I’m not sure what to expect tomorrow, I’ll try to get another good night’s rest and do our best tomorrow.”

Source: Repsol Media