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Casey Stoner explains Suzuka disappointment

Casey Stoner explains Suzuka disappointment

Casey Stoner explains Suzuka disappointment

Teenage Aussie sensation Casey Stoner didn't have the best of starts to his 2003 ambitions of taking the 125cc World Championship. The likeable and determined rider from Kurri-Kurri crashed out on lap eight having been a part of the front group and actually leading the Japanese GP at one stage. The Aprilia rider reveals the reasons behind his premature exit on Sunday.

´Basically we had not been running the race bike all weekend because of a little problem with the engine so I had been using the spare one,´ he said. ´The wet weather also really mucked the whole weekend up in terms of preparation. We hadn't tested the race bike in the dry until morning warm-up and I couldn't get a good setting for it. I was trying to ride as hard as anyone and getting the power on earlier but it was just making me run wide.

$$$ I had a problem in the first couple of laps with the front end bouncing around that particular corner and then it basically bounced too much and I lost grip. It caught me unawares. I'm not sure what happened but we'll have to look at the telemetry. I wasn't that comfortable when I hit the front for that reason. Dovisiozo was also being quite scary with a few of his passing moves.

South Africa is next, I love that track and did pretty well there last year so I hope to be running at the front again.´

125cc, 2003, Casey Stoner

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