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Cold tyre blamed for Stoner crash

"I don't think I could have been more careful over those opening laps. I'm so disappointed that such a small thing can ruin an entire weekend."
Casey Stoner's hopes of a third MotoGP victory in a row ended after less than a lap at Sepang - the Ducati Marlboro star crashing from third at the final hairpin.

“I'm bitterly disappointed with this weekend," said Stoner. "Going into that race we were confident of a good result. We knew we would be at the front challenging for the win and watching the race confirmed that. I know I had the pace to be up there.

"On the first lap I was calm, I made up some positions in the first two corners and when I got behind Dovizioso and Lorenzo I was happy to stay there and let the tyres get up to temperature.

"Unfortunately I crashed because they weren't warm enough but I don't think I could have been more careful over those opening laps. I'm so disappointed that such a small thing can ruin an entire weekend.”

Team-mate Nicky Hayden finished sixth.

"I got a decent start but I was struggling for feel under braking, I don't know why," he said. "It has been a strong point for us all weekend but in the race I had no feeling from the front tyre from the first corner and couldn't brake how I wanted.

"It made life difficult, especially when it came to battling with other riders. Sixth isn't a terrible result but we thought we could put up a stronger fight here. Now we have a couple of days to regroup and hopefully come back stronger at Phillip Island.”

Phillip Island is Stoner's home round.




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TB777 - Unregistered

October 10, 2010 4:31 PM

I normally resist responding to the clowns on here and just read the comments for my own amusement, but I'll bite today...Stoner was on the extra hard compound on the front while the rest of the front runners, had the hard option. Therefore it makes perfect sense that his front would've taken an extra lap or two to get up to temperature given the normal Bridgestones take about four laps to get proper hot as is. Sorry to bring some dirty facts into the Stoner bashing, but you know, you can prove anything with facts can't you. They're so pointless and annoying, sorry, I meant, 'Wah, Stoner is a girl.'

red x - Unregistered

October 10, 2010 3:29 PM

@Punch That's a lie! How dare you! You know as well as anyone else that only Stoners tyres were cold! Everyone else's were piping hot! That's a fact. Besides the cold tyres he also had a clutch problem, a half-moon shaped rock stuck on one of his intake butterflies, his wrist was sore and he wasn't feeling very well.



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