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Stoner disappointed with Sachsenring sidelining

Stoner disappointed with Sachsenring sidelining

Stoner disappointed with Sachsenring sidelining

Casey Stoner was forced to watch the German Grand Prix from the sidelines on Sunday, but both he and his team feel that he was in condition to race after his crash in the warm-up.

Although medical tests and a scan confirmed the absence of any injury to the Australian rookie, the Sachsenring Circuit's chief doctor refused to grant permission for the LCR Honda rider's return to action, a decision which left the team surprised.

"I made a mistake in the warm-up and crashed, but there was absolutely no physical or mental problem as a result. I was in good condition for the race," commented Stoner. "The scans didn't show anything wrong, and it's disappointing that the circuit doctor didn't see fit to let me race."

"I felt strong and was aiming to put some points on the board after some good sessions and receiving a new chassis. It's frustrating for me, but the only thing that I can do now is look ahead to Laguna Seca. I've never been to America, so it's exciting."

LCR Team Boss Lucio Cecchinello was also displeased with the decision, offering the opinion that "as a member of IRTA I am going to propose the use of a FIM-delegated doctor at every race, to make the final decision in this type of situation. It would be a system similar to that which the FIA uses in Formula 1." Cecchinello also added that "after 20 years in the World Championship, I still can't understand the inflexible stance of the chief doctor. Although he has the last word, Casey never lost consciousness and was fine according to scans.


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