Casey Stoner keen to improve fitness after Japanese Grand Prix

Last Updated: 15/10/12 10:44am

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Casey Stoner: Back in action in Japan

Casey Stoner: Back in action in Japan

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Casey Stoner admits he still needs to improve his fitness after returning to action in Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix.

The Australian Honda rider finished fifth at Motegi despite not being fully recovered from surgery on his right ankle which had kept him out for three races.

However the defending world champion felt he could have done even better and is looking to make his mark in the Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang this weekend.

"I slightly got my confidence back up but we had the pace to run a lot higher and get on the podium," said Stoner.

"Unfortunately, just physically, I couldn't manage this situation. I'm a little bit disappointed.

"Maybe, this bit of work will be good for it. We'll come to the next race and might be better. I can only hope that much.

"But Sepang is a physically demanding circuit and I think it's going to be a quite a lot tougher race in a lot of ways."

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