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Rossi hopes Stoner will return soon.

Reigning MotoGP champion and 2009 title leader Valentino Rossi has expressed sadness at the withdraw of Casey Stoner from the next three rounds of the championship.

After winning two of the first five races, Stoner has battled a mystery energy-sapping illness for the last five rounds - and dropped from first to third in the title chase, 37 points behind Rossi and 12 points behind the second Fiat Yamaha of Jorge Lorenzo.

β€œI think first of all it is very bad for the championship,” said Rossi. β€œTo lose Casey is to lose one of the greatest riders and one of the guys fighting for the championship. It is a great pity. I would like a lot to have Casey on the track and fight with him. I hope he will come back soon.”

Stoner won Ducati's first and so far only MotoGP World Championship in 2007.



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baz - Unregistered

August 14, 2009 12:09 AM

Vale knows very well why Stoner is taking this health holiday. Ever since Rossi psyched Casey out at Laguna last year, the Aussie man child hasn't been the same. His nerves are shot and his confidence is gone. Throw in Lorenzo replacing him as the top challenger for the crown and all the pressure to prove his 2007 title wasn't a fluke is too much for Stoner. Boy, did Rossi ever do a number on that kid's head. Gastritis and mild anemia? Give me a break. What, heart burn and feeling a bit run down is all it takes to knock this guy out? He needs a psychiatrist much more than he needs a GP.



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