The boy is confident!!
Best is yet to come, says Stoner
Australia's MotoGP series leader Casey Stoner has warned his five-star rivals he will only get stronger this season.
Stoner heads the points table after scoring his debut win in the premier series with victory in the season-opener in Qatar.
His Ducati team now aims to maintain the momentum with the surprisingly fast new Desmosedici GP7 which stunned the leading Hondas and Yamahas earlier this month.
Ducati will also be boosted by a positive test last month at Jerez, the venue for this weekend's Spanish grand prix.
"We go to Jerez in a pretty good mood after the win," Stoner said.
"I'm so happy with the team and everything and I feel we'll get stronger as I get more used to the strengths of the Ducati and the Bridgestones.
"Qatar was perfect - I was able to set my own pace throughout the race, not pushing too much.
"At Jerez I always seem to do reasonably well, never that great, but we'll see how things pan out this time.
"Around a lot of the track you need a quick-turning bike, so you can enter the corners quick and get on the gas quick.
"And you need a bike with good acceleration too.
"The other thing about Jerez is the first corner - it's always quite scary."
Stoner said he would block out the raucous crowd support for home-town hero and arch-rival Dani Pedrosa at Jerez.
Pedrosa beat Stoner to the 250cc world championship before the pair moved up to MotoGP last year.
Pedrosa is third in the standings and the duo are seen as the two main challengers to the supremacy of Valentino Rossi, who finished second in Qatar.
"The atmosphere is great, you really feel it in the buildup to the race, but once the racing starts you just concentrate on the job at hand," Stoner said.
Livio Suppo Ducati MotoGP project manager Livio Suppo said Stoner's win proved the team was on track for the title.
"It was especially satisfying to start the 800cc era with victory, the same way we ended the 990 era - it proves that we are doing a good job," Suppo said.
"I'm really happy for Casey because scoring your debut victory on a new bike and new tyres isn't easy.
"He was fast and smart at Losail and he rode the fastest lap of the race on the last lap, proving he had everything under control and is physically very strong."
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