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No blame on Corsi says Stoner

No blame on Corsi says Stoner

No blame on Corsi says Stoner

Casey Stoner has revealed that the collision between himself and Simone Corsi which caused the Australian to retire with a broken exhaust pipe and the Italian to crash out was due to a gearbox failure and not, as it first seemed, down to reckless riding from either rider.

Corsi and Stoner came together several times as they fought for the lead in the opening stages of the 125cc Grande Premio Marlboro de Portugal and it seemed as though Corsi had paid the price at the end of the fourth lap when he hit the KTM rider from behind coming onto the main straight. However, Stoner was quick to remove the blame from his Honda rival.

I had a problem with the gearbox right from the start it kept shifting up two gears instead of one in most of the corners and I was losing a lot of time on the straights, explained Stoner. Sometimes it would go back a gear and thats what happened on the fourth lap coming out of the last corner. Simone had no choice but to run into the back of me.

Now weve found a broken part in the gearbox and its just another case of the bad luck which has dogged us for the last four races now I dont know what Ive done wrong!

I feel sorry for Simone because it wasnt his fault and he was riding really well. It was good fun dicing with him at the front so hopefully well both be back up there in the next race.

125cc, 2004, GRANDE PREMIO MARLBORO DE PORTUGAL, Casey Stoner, Simone Corsi

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