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Stoner drops back to third

"I was pretty comfortable behind Jorge, I didn't feel the need to push and then the tiredness suddenly hit me" - Casey Stoner.
MotoGP World Championship leader Casey Stoner looked a threatening figure as he stuck to the rear wheel of Jorge Lorenzo for the first ten laps of Sunday's San Marino Grand Prix.

But then fatigue kicked in and he was unable to match Lorenzo's pace, who gradually pulled away. Stoner then lost second place to Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa, who passed him on lap 22 of 28.

Stoner's lead over Lorenzo has now dropped from 44 to 35 points with five rounds remaining.

"At the beginning of the race I was cautious as there were a few spots of rain, once this cleared up I was pretty comfortable behind Jorge, I didn't feel the need to push and then the tiredness suddenly hit me," explained Stoner, a winner of seven races this year.

"It was hard to find the braking points and change direction on the bike, there was nothing wrong with the tyres, nothing wrong with the bike, the team did a great job and gave me a fantastic package, I'm just worn out.

"After the past few races I've had to put in a lot more effort in Laguna and Brno, riding a lot harder than I normally would. This together with the neck injury from Assen which I've been struggling to get strong again due to lack of training from the hectic race calendar, has finally caught up with me.

"For the second half of the race I was just too tired, simple as that, I'm very grateful to have finished on the podium. All credit to Jorge, he had a fantastic race, hopefully by Aragon I'll be fully fit and recovered".

The Aragon round will be held on September 18.



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smithy - Unregistered

September 05, 2011 12:11 PM

The thing is that Stoner rides injured and doesn't carp on about it for months on end. The highside he had previously was brutal, still got up and competed. With the races so close together of late he's not getting the downtime to fix it properly, this also means no strength training. 2 week break here and he will come firing out at Aragon.....I'm sure Lorenzo knows this as well.

Sam Jones - Unregistered

September 05, 2011 1:56 PM

Why are people going on and on about one of the best riders in MotoGP coming 3rd? Isn't getting a podium an amazing effort in itself? Particularly given that it is Casey's first year on that Honda. And what is so amazing a Jorge winning a race against Casey? He is world champion after all... I fly internationally from time to time and even travelling first class knocks you around a bit - and I don't have to get on a high performance bike and have the Gs pulled out of me. They are both bloody brilliant riders, and deserve the utmost respect for setting the standard that they do...and even Pedrosa isn't too bad either on his best days. We are watching riders who will still be talked about in 30 years time...people will use the names Stoner and Lorenzo in the same sentences with Agostini, Haliwood, Doohan and Rossi. Some of the negative comments I read on this site tell me that writers will never be top performers in any pursuit and are just bitter with envy at these great young



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