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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Stoner not changing tactics as title nears

Casey Stoner is aiming to put one hand on Honda's first MotoGP title since 2006, by winning the factory's home event at Motegi, Japan, this weekend.

Stoner has a 44-point lead over Yamaha's reigning world champion Jorge Lorenzo, with 100 points remaining, but insists he won't change the race-by-race approach that has brought him 8 wins and 13 podiums from the 14 rounds so far held.

"Motegi is quite a different circuit, it's similar in a way to Le Mans and is very stop-start, a little like a go kart track, but in general it's nice and more fun than some of the other circuits we visit," said Stoner, winner last year for Ducati.

"It has a lot of hard braking, a lot of hard accelerating, it's pretty tough on the body and physically demanding. If you miss your braking points it's easy to run wide so it will be important to get the set-up on the bike just right. 

"As in Aragon, we will be going out there trying to win and not only looking for valuable Championship points. We had a fantastic race here last year, probably one of my best in my opinion and it will be fun to go there on the Honda and see how the bike works around the circuit," concluded the 2007 world champion.

First practice for the Motegi round, postponed after the earthquake and tsunami in March, takes place on Friday morning.


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