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Stoner reflects on ‘weekend to forget’

Stoner reflects on ‘weekend to forget’

Australian to stay on stateside for tests on mystery illness.

Off the podium for only the second time in 2009, Casey Stoner was none-too-pleased with his fourth place at the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix. The Australian’s assessment of the three days was that it was ‘one to forget,’ with all of the tiredness of the previous two races but with less points on the board.

“I can’t be happy with fourth place, even though I know that we have performed some damage limitation in terms of the overall standings. It’s a weekend to forget,” said the Ducati rider.

“Today I didn’t feel as bad at the end of the race as I have done in the last two, but I’m still not right,” he added, referring to his physical condition that has suffered over the past month. The fatigue also brought with it the return of a previous problem in his scaphoid.

“I found it really difficult to keep my concentration over the last few laps and I was in a bit of a daze by the end. My left arm was feeling really tired by the end because of the fact there are so many left-handers here and my left wrist still doesn’t have the full range of movement after my operation in the winter,” he explained. “Now we’ll focus on trying to find out the root of the problem because racing in this condition is not much fun.”

Stoner will now stay on in the United States for extensive tests at the Fremont Surgery Center with Dr. Arthur Ting and Dr. Tuan, to try and understand the source of the problem.

MotoGP, 2009, RED BULL U.S. GRAND PRIX, Casey Stoner, Ducati Marlboro Team

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