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GP Week : Issue 48
>>Moto GPnews uck spoils ursome Stoner goes back to metal NEW world championship leader Casey Stoner switched from his carbon-fibre swing-arm back to the earlier aluminium version for the race at Mugello, after testing both back-to-back in practice. With the latest carbon-fibre chassis, he had been using a swing-arm of the same material since the first race. But the lack of testing opportunities meant that the issue was not yet settled, he explained. “At that time, the carbon-fibre swing-arm was working better – but we left some stones unturned,”he said. The new regime has strictly limited testing opportunities, while the loss of one of the four previous practice sessions also meant that he had little opportunity to make detailed comparisons. His first chance to do so will be after the next race at Catalunya, when the first test of the year is scheduled for the Monday. Each version had its own advantages, he said; but at Mugello “I found a better feeling with the aluminium one. At the moment we know this one has better traction.” “The carbon one works better in a lot of areas, but there are some where the aluminium one is better. Each has strong points. We’re trying to understand which way to go.”