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Stoner relieved to be competitive again

Stoner relieved to be competitive again

After his big decision to take a mid-season rest in order to recover from illness Casey Stoner was delighted to be back on the podium again on Sunday at Estoril.

There was visible relief for Casey Stoner and his Ducati Marlboro team when he completed a highly competitive 28-lap race around the challenging Estoril track in second place, at the bwin.com Grande Premio de Portugal, in his first GP appearance in two months.

Talking to motogp.com afterwards Stoner stated, “There was a lot of criticism of my decision to stop but people need to understand that if you are not competitive and you are getting worse every race there is no sense to just keep going. You have to stop, find the problem and fix it.”

“So to come back like this and be more competitive than I have been in a long, long time it was a really good feeling. In the last five races I rode I was putting in so much effort and still slowing down at the end of the races, so today it was nice to be able to relax towards the end and still do a good lap time. I was nervous again today and I haven’t been nervous for a long time, so it is nice to be here again on the podium.”

On his overall physical state and what the podium result means to him ahead of his home race in Australia in two weeks time, Stoner explained, “We didn’t expect to do this well and in fact up until a week and a half ago I still had similar problems to those I had two months ago. It was only a sodium diet and a few other things that seem to have helped. I’m hoping that we have discovered my low blood pressure levels to be the problem and we can look forward to Phillip Island and trying to be competitive there. I hope it is a bit colder than most of the tracks we go to as that might help my physical condition a bit more.”

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MotoGP, 2009, bwin.com GRANDE PREMIO DE PORTUGAL, Casey Stoner, Ducati Marlboro Team

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