Catalunya MotoGP: Casey Stoner undaunted by Honda talk

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Casey Stoner insists he won’t let constant speculation about his future distract him from trying to regain his winning touch with Ducati in MotoGP.

The Australian looks certain to quit Ducati at the end of the season to move to the factory Honda squad, with HRC expecting to finalise its plans by the American GP at Laguna Seca later this month.

Stoner hasn’t won a race in 2010 and only notched his first podium of the season in Assen last weekend.

But the 23-year-old said the endless talk surrounding his future is not an issue. “Personally everyone concentrates on the job. That’s what I want to do this year. I’m still trying to get a race victory that we should have had at least one of this season.

"For this year, I’m looking for these next races knowing that I’ve fixed problem that we struggled with at the start of the year.

"But there’s not a weekend goes by that I’m not asked what’s happening next year. To me it’s quite funny, but it’s not the most important, it’s not the priority at the moment.

"The priority is this year, this weekend, and with the progression we’ve made these last two races I hope I can be competitive again.”

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Matthew Birt

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