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Stoner suffers back scare

“I felt my back completely lock up on me and I couldn't move for three or four corners” – Casey Stoner.
In a race that saw one Repsol Honda rider, Dani Pedrosa, look to have solved his physical problems with a confident race victory - another, Casey Stoner, suffered an unexpected 'set-back'.

After wining round one, then being taken out at Jerez, Stoner got his 2011 MotoGP campaign back on track with a solid third place at Estoril.

After some near misses on the opening lap, Stoner held third from the first lap to last - crossing the line 4.5sec from runner-up Jorge Lorenzo and 9sec clear of Repsol Honda team-mate Andrea Dovizioso.

But an old back injury returned to haunt him during the second half of the 28 lap race. The Australian has had back problems since a crash at the 2003 Catalan GP.

"We had a pretty good start to the race but Dani [Pedrosa] moved across and I had to hit the brakes and back off so after that I was challenging Marco [Simoncelli] for third position in the first turn and he cut me off which I'm not so happy about, then in turn 4 he crashed and I lost the tow to Dani and Jorge,” said Stoner of the hectic start to the race.

“I didn't really have a lot of confidence in the first laps with the rear tyre, it didn't seem to want to work so well especially on the left side, I nearly crashed a few times so I slowed down a little.

“Then during the race at some point, I felt my back completely lock up on me and I couldn't move for three or four corners, I was struggling to do anything and had no breath.

“I thought I had to go back to the garage, but thankfully within half a lap it eased up a little, got better and we managed to finish so I'm very happy to stay in third place today".

Stoner is third in the championship, but an increased 24 points behind Lorenzo.



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ritchy - Unregistered

May 02, 2011 10:06 AM

So Dani moved across on you so thats ok 'coz hes you team mate,(presume you've already had a whinge to your team about that?) then Marco cut you off and your not happy, harden up man!!! We want to see hard racing that you seem to keep going on about. Now ya backs playing up?? Geez talk about a prima donna! Little dani boy only had surgery 4 weeks ago and showed you lot how to ride a motorbike without making a fuss. When Dani is fully fit he'll be carving you lot up big time. GO DANI!!!

ItsNotAboutTheBike - Unregistered

May 02, 2011 10:29 AM

Casey is great to watch on a bike and as quick as anyone out there, so why isn't he more popular? Cos of comments like this. Marco went round the outside to get in front of him, without contact. The guy only seems happy when he's alone on track. Come on Casey it's racing!



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