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Stoner: Points can slip away quickly

"If we have a chance to win the championship it'll come towards the end of the season or the last race" – Casey Stoner.
Casey Stoner has rejected suggestions that he is well on his way to the 2011 MotoGP title.

The Repsol Honda star scored his fifth win of the season in Sunday's US MotoGP at Laguna Seca - ending a three-race losing streak and raising his win rate back up to 50% after ten of 18 rounds.

The Australian heads for the MotoGP summer break with a 20 point advantage over Jorge Lorenzo, who Stoner caught and passed on Sunday.

"Talking championship points at this moment is a little difficult. Points can slip away so quickly. As long as we are there at the end of this season - we're not going to win the world championship now," said Stoner, the 2007 world champion.

"I think if we have a chance to win it that'll come towards the end of the season or the last race. As long as I stay close enough for that, and we can keep these good results up, then I'll be happy.

"But Jorge is going to be strong every race and I think Dani [Pedrosa] is going to be up there, beating us and taking points away from us. It's definitely going to be a tough end to the season."

Yamaha's reigning world champion Lorenzo, lucky to escape serious injury in a huge Saturday crash, has won just two of the ten races this year. This time last year he had won seven of the ten races.

"To win the world title the important thing is to finish in front of Casey. Today we tried and couldn't, but there are more races," said the Spaniard.

"My strategy is just to go as fast as I can. Even then it is going to be tough, but we will try to the end.

"At Brno, in a better physical condition, maybe things can change."

Stoner and Lorenzo have both suffered one DNF so far this season.

Honda has not won the MotoGP title since 2006 and 2011 is the factory's last chance for an 800cc crown.

The Czech Republic Grand Prix takes place from August 12-14.



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disbelief - Unregistered

July 26, 2011 1:27 PM

Just seen a report elsewhere that Stoner has some neck injury he is still carrying from Assen and the Drs have said it will take 2.5 months to properly heal. Seems all three aliens were carrying significant injuries at Laguna. Apparently he could barely breath as a result of the neck muscle problems during late practice. As usual the only moaning was coming from those on here who say he moans. Yet again he shows up their foolishness.

Confusus - Unregistered

July 26, 2011 6:05 PM

When people who worship the Yellow Peril quote on here 9 world championships do they remember that in 2001 he had the best team and no rivals.2002 he had a 990 and all bar his hapless team mate on the old 500s. I'm not doubting VR is a very talented individual and given the right equipment would still be winning but he pissed off Honda and gave Yamaha the ultimatum its Me or Jorge and they chose JL. In Fact since 2006 VR has won 2 titles and one was when his Team mate JL was a rookie and one when JL was injured. Stop being blinkered and just enjoy what we're served up by some excellent talents



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