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Stoner hoping to run into some luck at Assen

Stoner hoping to run into some luck at Assen

Stoner hoping to run into some luck at Assen

If you think I was annoyed after crashing out at Mugello two weeks ago, then you don´t want to know what was going through my head when I crashed again at Catalunya on Sunday. First of all I was pretty worried because I hit that tyre wall hard with my head, and my back just compressed. I couldn´t feel anything at all and thought I might have done something serious I couldn´t even move my arm properly to shift the bale that had landed on top of me. I came around pretty quickly though, and after that I was just fuming, cursing my bad luck.

At Mugello it was Steve Jenkner who took me out, which you can see clearly on the television images. This time it was Andrea Dovizioso, who missed a gear right in front of me and forced me to stand the bike up and run into the gravel just to avoid him. I am not blaming either of them because lots of unfortunate things happen in 125 racing, but I am sure it cost me the chance of winning that race. In Mugello I thought I had a shot at the podium, even though I realised I wasn´t going to win about halfway through the race. This time, though, I felt very confident. I had set the fastest lap of the race and I was getting stronger, so I was really disappointed not to have the chance to take on Pedrosa and Luthi on those final laps.

Anyway, like I say, that´s racing, and now I am looking forward to Assen next week. I did quite well there on the 250 last year, qualifying on the second row and taking eighth place in the race, so I think I should be back at the front again. Hopefully lady luck will swing my way on this occasion, because we are approaching the halfway stage of the season and I really need to put some serious points on the board. After Assen we head to Donington, which is kind of like a home race for me after spending so much time in England when I rode in the British Championship, so they are two big races which I am desperate to do well in. Fingers crossed!

Casey #27

125cc, 2003, Casey Stoner

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