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Stoner out with broken collarbone

Stoner out with broken collarbone

Stoner out with broken collarbone

Casey Stoner has been ruled out of the 125cc Veltins Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland after breaking his left collarbone in a practice crash on Saturday morning.

It is the same injury Stoner sustained last season and comes at a crucial time of the championship campaign, with just 21 points separating him from current leader Andrea Dovizioso and two races on consecutive weekends ahead of the summer break.

"It's a massive disappointment and obviously I am very upset at the moment," commented Stoner, who had set the fastest time of the morning free practice just moments before his crash.

"I set my time this morning on used race tyres and I knew I was going to be competitive in the race. I was hoping that here and Donington would see me get some points back to the leaders but it couldn't have gone much worse."

Stoner admits he is very doubtful to race at Donington Park as he ponders whether or not to undergo an operation. "Right now I'm not sure what to do, I have to sit down and have a good think about it.

"An operation is an option but whatever I do has to be for the long term. This season is important but I have to think about my career. I'm only 18 years old and I have to look after myself properly.

"Of course I want to get back to action as soon as possible, but there is a long summer break after Donington and I would rather come back 100% fit at Brno and be competitive over the final seven races than start taking risks now.

"We'll sit down and talk about it over the next day or two and then make a decision."

Tags:
125cc, 2004, ¨VELTINS MOTORRAD GP DEUTSCHLAND, Casey Stoner

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