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Stoner nursing injured ear after freak Assen crash

Stoner nursing injured ear after freak Assen crash

Stoner nursing injured ear after freak Assen crash

Casey Stoner heads to his second home nation this weekend hoping local support can help him boost his lagging fortunes in the 125cc World Championship. The Australian youngster spent several years living in England as he began the road to Grand Prix through the British Championship, and he holds fond memories of the country and the people. After three straight races fighting for a podium finish but emerging without a single point, the 17 year old is raring to go at a circuit he knows well, although he is nursing a bizarre injury after crashing out of second place in the wet race at Assen last Saturday.

`I don´t really know what happened with the crash, I just remember touching the white line and I was down,´ explained Stoner, who was chasing breakaway leader Steve Jenkner when he lost his Aprilia on the third lap. `The bike flipped over and hit me, and the footpeg broke my helmet. The casing of the helmet cracked and sliced about 2 centimetres into my ear, so I had to have a few stitches – it wasn´t very nice! Anyway, I am focused on Donington now and I am hopeful of a good result. We still have a lot of friends in England so it would be a real boost if the local fans could get behind me´.

Providing he can get his helmet comfortably over the injury, Stoner is looking forward to slightly different preparations for the Cinzano British Grand Prix. `Hopefully I´ll be okay by Tuesday because I´m planning to do some MX riding at Donington with Jamie Dobb and Marco Melandri. I saw Dobb ride at Bellpuig earlier this year and I was so impressed – I really enjoyed watching but I was desperate to get out there on a bike. Now I have the chance to ride with him it would be a real shame to miss out´.

125cc, 2003, Casey Stoner

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