Casey Stoner wants a strong result at this weekend's San Marino Grand Prix in order to banish the memories of a dismal race at Indianapolis.
The Ducati rider crashed out of sixth place at Indy after losing the front end of his GP10 machine over a bump on the infield. But he believes that a return to Europe – and a Misano track at which he won on his way to the 2007 world title – can help improve his fortunes.
"Indy was obviously a big disappointment for us but we're looking ahead," said the Australian. "I am happy to be going to one of Ducati's home circuits and a place where we have gone fast in the past. It is the third of the races I missed in 2009 [for health reasons] so we'll see what we can do this weekend."
Stoner lies fourth in the championship, 132 points behind leader Jorge Lorenzo, and has not won a race since Sepang last year. He believes that improving the front suspension setup on his Ducati will be crucial to making his bike more competitive over the next few races.
"We'll have to work hard on the front again because we don't want to take a backward step on the progress we've made recently," he added. "The whole team is working really hard, the guys are giving everything like always so, hopefully, we can have a good result to celebrate on Sunday."