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Casey Stoner ‘shattered' by crash

Casey Stoner ‘shattered' by crash

Casey Stoner ‘shattered' by crash

Australian teenager Casey Stoner admitted he was ‘shattered' by the 20th lap crash which cost him victory and the 125cc World Championship lead in the wet race at Jerez on Sunday. The 18 year old, who led for over 20 laps and held an almost ten second advantage over Marco Simoncelli with just over three laps remaining, hit a deep puddle when lapping a bunch of slower riders and lost control of his KTM machine.

"I thought I did a perfect race there, you know, I responded when Barbera tried closing down the gap and I had quite a lot left actually," commented Stoner, who would have become the first Australian to take three consecutive 125cc podiums since Tom Phillis in 1961.

"With about ten laps to go I just kept slowing the pace up, it was raining more so I was just making sure I stayed on and then I was just taking it easy going past a back-marker and just happened to hit a puddle. I don't know what happened. I'm shattered really – I put in all that effort that whole race and it's just been taken away."

Stoner rejoined the race despite extensive damage to his bike and overtook Youichi Ui on the last lap to seal a consolatory fifth place. "I was surprised I ended up fifth – I didn't have any back brake and the handle bars were bent and things like that so I was quite surprised," admitted the youngster.

"But I could do the times easy – I could have gone at least two seconds a lap quicker. I just can't believe this has happened."

125cc, 2004, GRAN PREMIO MARLBORO DE ESPAÑA, Casey Stoner

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