Reigning MotoGP World Champion has warned his rivals that he should be able to go a big chunk faster with the softer-compound Bridgestone tyre at Phillip Island and could further increase the massive advantage he already has at his home track.
The Repsol Honda man was a second faster than Jorge Lorenzo in the opening free practice session and then nine-tenths quicker than his team-mate Dani Pedrosa in the afternoon while using the harder compound tyre while his competition were all on the stickier rubber.
"I've been happy with the way it went. We got a fair laptime out of the hard tyre this afternoon. Everyone else chose the soft but we decided to start work early on the hard and we still managed to improve the laptime," said Stoner, speaking at Phillip Island.
"We did a time with 25 laps on a tyre and then switched to the hard but found the grip dropped off quite quickly and this is something that should happen with the soft not the hard. We still have to make the bike work a little more smoothly around the track.
"I was fast with more or less race distance on the tyre and if we had put on a soft we could have gone a big step faster. So this was very positive to improve on the harder tyre. I never have expectations but to get into the 29s on the first day, I'm pretty happy because I did that with the hard tyre.
"We still have chatter issues but nothing like as bad. We are able to be able to ride the bike reasonably normally. The circuit has deteriorated a little bit from last year and I am sure causing issues for everybody. We have found a bit of pace and it is nice to ride around here on a 1000cc again, just to have that extra horsepower and some places to use it."