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Stoner laments another breakdown

Stoner laments another breakdown

Stoner laments another breakdown

Casey Stoner left Japan on Monday lamenting another mechanical problem with his KTM which robbed him of the chance to take victory at Motegi. Stoner was convinced he had the upper hand on his rivals in the race but was forced to pull out of the lead on the second lap with a gear problem.

"A bolt came out of one of the gear linkage areas and basically the gear shifter wasn't working," commented Stoner, who also suffered from gearbox problems in the previous round at Estoril.

"I couldn't change up or change down and had to retire. It's really disappointing because in the last two weekends we could have guaranteed a win. I put in lap times all weekend that nobody else could match consistently and in the race I'm pretty sure I could have done that and broken away quite easily – it obviously wasn't meant to be.

"Now we go to Qatar and I just have to pick myself up again. I haven't scored a single point from the last five races but all I can do is try and bounce back and go for the win in every race.

"Everybody is working hard at KTM, it's just been unfortunate that things haven't worked out recently. Hopefully I can reward them with their first victory before the end of the season."

125cc, 2004, CAMEL GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN, Casey Stoner

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