Casey Stoner loses power
Casey Stoner's bold bid for a podium finish in the US Grand Prix came to a dramatic end when he crashed on lap 15. After starting from seventh place in the grid, Stoner was in third position ahead both Dani Pedrosa and Kenny Roberts JR.
But the Australian Honda LCR rider lost the front-end at turn five while running similar lap times to eventual race winner Nicky Hayden.
`Everything felt fine and I had a race set-up good enough to be running up front. I just made a small mistake and as I let the brake off for turn 5 the front just slid away. I knew I had to conserve the tyres early in the race but once I got in front Dani and Kenny it was no problem, I just concentrated on running a strong pace and not going hard´.
Lucio Cecchinello - Honda LCR Team manager
`It's a difficult moment for both Casey and the team. We all belive we deserve better results, there is a big potential. Casey did a perfect war-up and a perfect start but just made a small mistake while racing in third position. Both Casey and the team have a strong spirit and I believe we will come back at the next race even stronger, and challenge for the podium result we deserve´.