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Stoner struggles with injury at Motegi

'We had the pace to run a lot higher and be on the podium but unfortunately I couldn't manage it physically today' - Casey Stoner
Casey Stoner said he was “disappointed” with fifth place at Motegi on his return from injury.

The reigning MotoGP world champion, who started from seventh on the grid, felt he had the pace to match his Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa and Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo.

However, Stoner – who suffered ankle fractures and ligament damage following a qualifying spill at Indianapolis – struggled on the RCV as his body began to “ache” during the race.

“I'm a little disappointed to be honest. We slowly improved over the weekend and got the bike to a point we were pretty happy with in warm up,” said Stoner.

“At the start of the race I felt had the pace to stay with Dani and Jorge and the bike was feeling pretty good.

“Then as the race progressed my body started to suffer and ache in ways I didn't expect.

“We had the pace to run a lot higher and be on the podium but unfortunately I couldn't manage it physically today,” he added.

“A big thanks to my team, they gave me a fantastic bike today but I couldn't do anymore in my condition.”




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WylieCoyote

October 14, 2012 12:27 PM

End of 2010. Stoner jumps on the Honda and within 64 laps he clocked the second fastest time ever on a MotoGP bike at the track. The fastest time ever was set by himself a few days before on the Ducati. This was the unmodified 2010 bike that he was instantly faster than Pedrosa on even though the Spaniard has years to ride and develop the bike. He then thrashed him in 2011 and was thrashing him in 2012 until they changed the tyres. Up to his first crash he had 3 wins and 3 poles to Dannies zero wins and 1 pole. When he crashed at Leguna he was still ahead 4 wins to 2 yet Danny was thrashing him? Some people really have a warped sense of reality. Lorenzo himself said that Stoner is the fastest rider he has ever seen. But of course others know more than a world champion.



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