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Stoner: Pedrosa''s bad luck has hurt motivation

"By the sounds of it, it's difficult for Dani to find motivation to come back and ride again" - Casey Stoner.
Casey Stoner believes team-mate Dani Pedrosa is finding motivation for a MotoGP return difficult, after suffering so many injuries in recent seasons.

Pedrosa has been sidelined since breaking his collarbone at Le Mans in May, after a controversial clash with Marco Simoncelli, and has now undergone two surgical procedures.

"This is a bad situation, Dani having to go back for more surgery," said Stoner. "If it was a clear situation maybe he would be back already, but another surgery makes things a lot more complicated for him.

"And by the sounds of it, it's difficult for him to find motivation to come back and ride again, when he's been so unlucky with injuries and to have this situation happen to him again."

However, Stoner doesn't believe that winning this year's championship will now be an easier task.

"I don't think it's going to make the championship easier without Dani," he said. "I've still got a lot of competitors, although Dani would have added to it for sure."

Stoner winner of four of the first six races of this year, holds an 18 point lead over Yamaha's reigning world champion Jorge Lorenzo heading into this weekend's Assen round.

Lorenzo and Pedrosa are the only other riders to win a race this year.

Pedrosa, last year's world championship runner-up, has been replaced by Hiroshi Aoyama this weekend.



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Weston - Unregistered

June 23, 2011 10:04 AM

You absolute fools, you should be ashamed of yourselves. Stoner has only EVER spoken kindly of Pedrosa, he's not trying to psyche someone out who hasn't even competed for 3 rounds. He is PART of HRC and they know the trouble that Pedrosa is in injury wise. Anyone who has been injured this much always fights a bigger battle with the mind to come back. Grow up you pathetic Stoner haters!!!!!



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