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Casey Stoner takes Mugello record in final test

Article posted: 07/07/2011 13:48:23
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Casey Stoner destroyed the Mugello circuit record in the final test.Casey Stoner destroyed the Mugello circuit record in the final test.

The MotoGP teams have completed their final official testing session of the season and one rider was again dominant - Australian Casey Stoner.

Not content with leading the MotoGP championship after racking up win after win despite only joining Honda in the winter, Stoner proceeded to smash the Mugello lap record in a testing session.

The 25-year-old tested a few new motorcycle parts on his RC212V bike, and achieved a time seven-tenths of a second quicker than the time he set to take pole position last weekend.

Motorcycle parts he had been testing included a new swingarm, which made the fastest bike on the grid even quicker.

"We found more traction and some more grip delivered a little earlier so I don't need to pick up the bike so much, which could help us in a track like Sachsenring where you spend a lot of time on the edge," he said.

Teammate Dani Pedrosa also continued his recovery from a broken collarbone by testing out some new Ohlins race products.

Posted by Paul Searle