MotoGP »

Stoner feeling fit and confident of title win

An uninterrupted fitness programme gives Casey Stoner confidence he has shaken off his fitness worries
Casey Stoner insists he has shrugged off the fitness problems that plagued his 2009 MotoGP campaign, going as far to say he is in the best shape he has been for at least three years.

Stoner's hopes of regaining the MotoGP world title were dashed in 2009 by illness, an ailment that saw him miss three rounds and put him out of the fight for the championship.

Nonetheless, a successful return to competition towards the end of the year saw Stoner win two of the last three races, the Australian giving a glimpse of his potential form should he stay fit and healthy over the winter.

Indeed, Stoner, speaking to press at Ducati's launch party in Italy this week, says he has enjoyed an uninterrupted pre-season training programme thus far and those strong results by the season's end give him confidence that he'll be a threat once testing underway again.

“We had a good start to the season, and midway through when the bike was working flawlessly I started having problems myself,” he said “We saw as many doctors as we could but there were no answers, so everyone started pointing at my head and saying it was a mental problem.

“I knew better; I'm not going to have a mental breakdown in the middle of the season when everything's going well. We figured it out over the two-month break and came back strong, and it was nice to come back and get a few good results before the end of the season.”

“I'm feeling better than I have in the last three years,” he added. “My training levels have increased dramatically and my fitness is a lot higher than ever, and it feels easier. We're really looking forward to this year and are going out to win the Championship.

“I'm looking forward to this year. It is my first off-season in the past three years where I haven't had any kind of injury or operation, so it's been good to train throughout.”

Tagged as: Ducati , Casey Stoner , launch , casey

Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Stoner, Valencia MotoGP tests 2009
Stoner, Valencia MotoGP Test 2009
Lorenzo, Stoner, Valencia MotoGP 2009
Stoner, Valencia MotoGP Test 2009
Ducati`s Casey Stoner at Wrooom 2010 [pic credit: Ducati press]
Petrucci, Domenicali, Dovizioso, Italian MotoGP Race 2017
Petrucci, Domenicali, Dovizioso, Italian MotoGP Race 2017
Petrucci crying, Domenicali, Dovizioso, Italian MotoGP Race 2017
Dovizioso, Petrucci, Vinales, Rossi Italian MotoGP 2017
MotoGP17 launch, Italian Moto2 2017
Smith, Lorenzo Italian MotoGP 2017
Nicky Hayden tribute, Italian MotoGP 2017
Stoner, French MotoGP 2017
Stoner, Tardozzi, French MotoGP 2017
Stoner, French MotoGP 2017
Pol Espargaro, Spanish MotoGP 2017
Pedrosa, Dovizioso, Folger Spanish MotoGP 2017
Dovizioso, Lorenzo, Miller MotoGP race Grand Prix Of The Americas 2017

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


January 12, 2010 4:11 PM

I wonder how long before the haters start their tirades... Here's hoping this season will offer close racing with lots of hard fought battles. A fit Stoner, a healthy Pedrosa, a wiser more experienced Lorenzo, new kid on the block Spies, unknown quantity Hiro and good old perennial favorite the Doctor. Should be fun if all the riders are at the top of their game. Can't wait!! :)

© 1999 - 2017 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.