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Stoner disappointed with second despite thrilling ride

Stoner disappointed with second despite thrilling ride

Stoner disappointed with second despite thrilling ride

Australian teenager Casey Stoner has revealed that he was more disappointed to have missed out on victory than he was delighted to be on the podium for the second time at the Cinzano Rio Grand Prix last weekend. After breaking his collarbone and scaphoid in a practice crash at Brno and then aggravating the injuries with a second crash at Estoril, the 17 year old was lucky to be racing at the Brazilian round and surprised everyone with the strength of his ride to second place – missing out on victory to Jorge Lorenzo by just 0.232 seconds.

"I'm disappointed because I know if I was at full fitness I would have won that race," commented Stoner, who will celebrate his 18th birthday just days before his home round at Phillip Island next month. "I had a lot of painkilling injections before the race but my wrist was still really weak, which made it impossible to brake as late as the other guys at the end of the straight - I was just tipping over the front of the bike every time.

"On the last lap I left it as late as possible and managed to hold off Alex De Angelis but I really didn\'t expect Jorge (Lorenzo) to come up the inside. I believe I could have closed him off but I just didn\'t have the power in my wrist to pull the bike across and would have risked falling off if I tried.

"I suppose thinking back to the way I felt at Estoril two weeks ago I would have been happy with a podium, but it is impossible to say that when you have worked so hard to take the win. Anyway, it was good to be back racing and hopefully I can carry this form into the flyaway races. I am back in Australia now but I won\'t be relaxing. Saturday's race virtually doubled my track time from the last two months and I was exhausted at the end, so I need to train hard and get as close to 100% fitness as I possibly can before Motegi."

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125cc, 2003, Casey Stoner

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