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2012-02-06 09:02

WEIGHT GAIN: Casey Stoner is wary of the new weight regulations in MotoGP as Honda has already developed its 2012 title challenger.

Madrid, Spain, - Casey Stoner has hit out at a change to MotoGP regulations that forced his Repsol Honda team to add 4kg in weight to their new 1000cc bikes for the 2012 season, saying its "late" introduction has caused problems in cornering.

The world champion, who was half a second clear of his rivals in testing of the new machines at Sepang, said the team's bikes had been "developed with a specific weight in mind" and that the situation was "rather frustrating".

Stoner said: "We already had the bike developed and then they decided to change the regulations. This affects the bike.

"It isn't something that you notice much in your general riding, but unfortunately you do feel it quite a bit mid-corner. We have to try to adapt a little more and overcome this, but it is disappointing that the decision was made so late on," he said.

Riders have a final series of tests in Jerez, Spain at the end of March before the opening Grand Prix of the season in Qatar on April 8 2012.

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