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Stoner blasts San Marino MotoGP track

World motorcycle championship leader Casey Stoner has blasted the Misano circuit - the venue for this weekend's San Marino Grand Prix.

Safety issues and a poor surface are among chief concerns of the young Australian as he seeks to build on his 60-point lead over Valentino Rossi in the series.

The race will be held at the 4.1km seaside track near the Adriatic resort town of Riccione.

For safety reasons, it will be run in reverse direction, eliminating much of the knowledge any riders gained from their previous experience at the track.

Stoner is among many riders worried about the bumps and safety problems at Misano with the new era 800 MotoGP bikes usually capable of more than 320km/h.

Of the three Australian riders, Stoner rode two laps at the recent World Ducati Week celebrations, Chris Vermeulen raced superbikes there in 2005 (in the normal direction) and Anthony West won a World Supersport 600 race there in June.

"I did two laps on the Ducati tests bike and my brains nearly got rattled out through my head," Stoner said.

"The track is a lot bumpier than Laguna Seca (in America), there are a lot of long corners and there is a lot of pressure on front tyre wear.

"It's not really a grand prix track and the right hand corner coming off the back straight is fast, a little too fast perhaps.

"I feel it needs to be improved because it's very bumpy, so it's going to be pretty loose on these bikes," Stoner said.

The track was last used for a Grand Prix in 1993 and returns this year to give Italy its second race of the season.

Rossi will be at home again, fighting both to catch Stoner and ignore the off-track pressure of the investigation by Italian tax authorities.

Apart from the change to a clockwise direction, the track has a revised layout and new tarmac and an additional one hour of practice has been allocated on Friday so that riders can familiarise themselves with the circuit.

Vermeulen denies he will have any advantage because of his superbike experience.

"I am one of the few riders that have been to Misano before, but with the track changing direction the only advantage that will give me is that I will know where to park my motorhome," Vermeulen said.
 

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pathetic comparison i know but i've tried round sepang the wrong way on the xbox on it's amazing even in the virtual world how different a track is.
Roll on Sunday ...will it be a battle of bikes , tyres, riders or the guy with the biggest knob. Them there bumps sound impressive :crying:
 

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Its a sad day when your looking forward to F1 for excitment.

All credit to stoner but it's farkin boring beyond belief!!!!!!!
Like being back in the Dohan days ZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
 

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Yeah how easy do it make it look..... I was actually hoping Haybale would make a race of it, he has had an ordinary run of luck :)

I still can't get used to the Suzuki's running up the front :eek: :eek:
 

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Gixxer_Dave said:

I still can't get used to the Suzuki's running up the front :eek: :eek:
Dont worry GD it wont last:D

I'm sorry but stoner being so damn good this year has runied the series and will be compounded by him taking the championship with 4 or 5 races to go. I know the other guys will be out to end the championship as high up as they can but once the titel has gone the whole series looses it's buzz. I mean, look how exciting it was last year when haybale took it all the way to the end.

Maybe we should ask Pedro to knock stoner off a couple of times ;)
 
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