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Stoner hoping for new chassis at Jerez

Stoner hoping for new chassis at Jerez

Stoner hoping for new chassis at Jerez

Casey Stoner left the Arnette Africa´s Grand Prix last Sunday feeling disappointed with tenth position in the race but satisfied that the root of his set-up difficulties over the weekend had been found. The Australian had been forced to start from the fifth row of the grid after mysterious front end problems in qualifying and he was unable to make up the difference in the race despite a spirited ride. However, his Italian mechanics later discovered a crack in the chassis of Stoner´s Aprilia, which had made life understandably difficult for the 17 year old.

`The crack was on one side of the main frame, which meant it was okay under compression but it was over-flexing into the opposite turns,´ explained Stoner. `This meant I had a lot of problems with front end chatter and it got increasingly frustrating as we struggled to find an answer. Of course it is not nice to find out your chassis has a crack, but it put my mind at ease a little and now we know what we have to do to make sure we are on the pace at Jerez.´

$$$ Unlike the majority of the circuits on the calendar, Stoner has experience of a 125 at Jerez having ridden there in the Spanish Championship and testing in preseason. However, it promises to be another difficult weekend for the youngster, who is keeping his fingers crossed for a new chassis before he arrives at the Spanish track.

`I like Jerez a lot but the problem with racing there is that so many other guys like it even more! Obviously Dani Pedrosa will be quick, and the other Spanish guys like Nieto and Barbera. I don´t know if we will have enough time to get hold of a new chassis, although obviously I am praying we will do because I guess otherwise they will have to weld the old one together – and that would not be too good!´

125cc, 2003, Casey Stoner

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