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Stoner sees positives despite title disappointment

Stoner sees positives despite title disappointment

Stoner sees positives despite title disappointment

Casey Stoner saw his dream of taking the 250 championship race to the final round of the season go up in smoke at his home Grand Prix last weekend, but is still thrilled with his exploits this term. The Aussie crashed out on lap four while leading at Phillip Island and saw any lingering hopes he might have had disappear whem Dani Pedrosa claimed a dramatic and decisive victory.

After starting well from pole position, Stoner dictated the pace of the race as Pedrosa lapped back in fourth. However, the Spaniard took full advantage of his ensuing retirement and clinched the title after edging Sebastian Porto in a photo-finish.

Stoner admits it was a sad way for his challenge to end, especially at his home race, but insists he will take the positives from a very progressive campaign overall.

"It is a very disappointing week end for everyone," said the Aussie. "Coming into this race we had a small chance to fight for the world title but unfortunately I made a mistake and the championship is gone. I want to thank everyone in my team for all their hard work and support even though there are still two races to go and the championship race is finished. Even though we have both made mistakes this has been by far my best year on and off the bike."

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250cc, 2005, POLINI AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX, Casey Stoner

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