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Stoner: Race stoppage the right decision

Stoner: Race stoppage the right decision

Finishing fourth and seeing the gap between himself and Valentino Rossi extended to 87 points, Casey Stoner was nonetheless in favour of the decision to cut short the action at The Brickyard.

2007 MotoGP World Champion Casey Stoner approved of the decision to bring the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix to an early conclusion, despite missing out on the chance to make up points to racewinner Valentino Rossi in the overall classification. The Ducati rider lost confidence in his tyres due to the mixed levels of track condition, with lack of feeling also a problem for teammate Marco Melandri.

Casey Stoner - Fourth

`I think it was the right decision to stop the race because the conditions were really dangerous - more for the strong wind than the heavy rain, which made it difficult to keep the bike upright. I´m never going to be satisfied with fourth place but it would have been foolish to push harder in those conditions and I made the right decision not to do so. I got a good start but I quickly lost confidence because the rear tyre was tearing up quickly and by the time they stopped the race I was struggling to hold my lap times.´

Marco Melandri - Nineteenth

`I´m really disappointed because after riding in the wet on Friday I was expecting a pretty good race today. As it happened I struggled to rediscover the same feeling, especially with the engine braking. I never had a good feel for the bike and there was no grip on the front or the rear. I couldn´t ride it from the first lap and in conditions like that it is incredibly difficult.´

Tags:
MotoGP, 2008, RED BULL INDIANAPOLIS GRAND PRIX, Casey Stoner, Marco Melandri

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