Casey Stoner admitted he was completely exhausted after the previous MotoGP race at Misano, and says he feels much stronger for this weekend's event in Aragon.
The championship leader finished in third position at Misano, blaming tiredness for his lack of pace in the second half of the race. The Australian said the hectic calendar meant he was exhausted by then, but Stoner insists he is feeling rested now.
"I've managed to rest since the hard race in Misano, where I was totally worn out," said Stoner. "The hectic schedule we follow had drained me completely and I had no energy, nothing left to give, so I've enjoyed relaxing this past week and getting back to some training.
"The Aragon track is OK. It's not one of my favorite circuits, I feel it could be a little faster. We ran well there last year, mainly due to the fact we took a big step in the setup on the bike.
"This year we arrive there with a totally different bike so we have a lot of things to learn in FP1, getting the gearbox set up right and a few other things in general. It will be interesting to go there on the Honda, Dani was competitive there last year and I think we can work well there also, and expect a good result. We'll get there and see what we can do."
Teammate Andrea Dovizioso, third in the standings, is confident of a strong result to vanish the memories of last year's crash.
"We arrive in Aragon third in the championship looking to close the gap to Lorenzo in second, but also needing to defend from Dani in fourth. Last year I crashed on the very last lap while I was fighting with Ben Spies for fifth position, this year we arrive confident that we can have a strong race."