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Sick Stoner reaches podium.

For the second race in succession Casey Stoner was forced to battle physical problems on his way to a podium finish, while Fiat Yamaha title rivals Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo disappeared out front.

As in Catalunya, the Ducati Marlboro star needed medical treatment immediately after the Dutch TT at Assen - and this time he couldn't even attend the podium press conference.

Worryingly, the exact cause of Stoner's energy-sapping condition doesn't seem to be known.

At Barcelona, the 2007 world champion had suffered stomach cramps and a sleepless night, stating vaguely: “I wasn't ill but I wasn't quite myself”.

No more was said publically about the problem and he was assumed to be fit and healthy this weekend, and began the race from a close fourth on the grid.

However, after leading the field over the line at the end of lap one, Stoner was passed by Rossi on lap two and Lorenzo on lap five. While he remained unchallenged in third, Stoner finished a massive 23 seconds behind Rossi.

Ducati stated that 'Stoner suffered throughout the weekend with the physical condition which had already affected him in Catalunya worsening as the days went on' - but Ducati MotoGP director Livio Suppo admitted that the cause of the problem is still unknown.

“There is something wrong with [Casey's physical] condition. We are trying to understand and help. What we have done so far is clearly not enough so we have to investigate more,” Suppo told the official MotoGP website.

“The Clinica Mobile has been very useful after the race. We have spoken with them and they have some ideas for Laguna. So let's hope.

“At the moment it is difficult to say [what the problem is] so let's trust the Clinica Mobile and hopefully they will help Casey,” he added.

Tagged as: Ducati , Assen , Casey Stoner

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Stoner the moaner - Unregistered

August 15, 2009 4:23 PM

I think Stoner is a sore looser everytime he is winning he is all smiles and is feeling a bit better but as soon as he gets passed he starts looking down at his bike as if the engine has suddenly fallen out. It started with him blaming his steering damper at the start of the season when he lost and has progressed to him feeling ill. This illness has been going on months and with all the doctors that will have been thrown at him, all they can come up with is stress and fatigue. Yer he probably is tired of being passed and now he has dropped to 3rd in the championship he drops from 3 races. He is a good racer but needs to take loosing and not blame it on something everytime.

bleep - Unregistered

June 30, 2009 12:59 PM

Stoner the Moaner strikes again...if we can talk about him when he wins we have to suffer the "awwww poor stoner" routine from him when he gets shown for what he really is. Mediocre souless autometron. Rossi is a master not only on the bike. Biaggi, Gibber-gibber-gebenau et-al have all learned the hard way the impact that a sugical set of headgames can have on track performance. Looks like stoner the moaner has just joined the club. We saw it after Laguna last year and we've seen it ever since rossi switched to the same tyres. Go join WSB Stoner you know it makes dont have the stones for it anymore.

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