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Casey Stoner pens his reflections from Welkom and his hopes for Jerez

Casey Stoner pens his reflections from Welkom and his hopes for Jerez

Casey Stoner pens his reflections from Welkom and his hopes for Jerez

Casey Stoner writes exclusively for motograndprix.com on his reflections from Welkom and his hopes for Jerez:

I had a weekend of mixed emotions in Welkom, with some good qualifying sessions, a fantastic start to the race and then a freak crash on the third lap. Starting from the second row of the grid I managed to get behind Melandri in the lead and followed him over the first few laps. I knew he was on hard tyres so was sure I could keep his pace at first, but I was pushing a bit too hard and after running wide a couple of times I decided to use my normal braking markers and just tried to ride my own race.

Strangely enough it was after this that I crashed, hitting a bump and losing control of the bike. I know it was just bad luck but I was very annoyed because my record now reads two races and two crashes for the season. I am sure I can put that right next weekend though and my confidence is as high as ever. I know now that I can run with the fastest guys in this category and I am sure that sort of crash will never happen to me again.

I know Jerez well from riding there in the 125cc Spanish Championship and I hope to be quick from the first practice session onwards. It will be very tough though because all the other riders have experience there too and I am sure everyone will be riding hard and fast. It is the first race in Europe and is another important step in my learning process this season.

My family will all be travelling down from our base in Barcelona to watch so I am very much looking forward to it and I hope to pick up my first points of the season. See you there!

Tags:
250cc, 2002, Casey Stoner

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