Only three races into the 2010 MotoGP season and Casey Stoner has crashed out of two of them. After his crash in the French MotoGP yesterday Stoner was clearly despondant and was pretty clear in his frustration with the Ducati, although he was unable to point to the exact issue that he and the team were struggling with.
Casey Stoner talks about his frustration at Le Mans:
CASEY STONER (Ducati Marlboro Team) DNF
“I’m really disappointed because the bike has felt great all weekend, I’ve been pushing the front wherever I wanted but for some reason when the race has come around it felt like it was going to fold. It’s something we have to get to the bottom of and we need to do it soon because it is not good to start the season with only one finish from three races. I haven’t changed anything with my riding style but if I need to do something then we have to work out what and I can do it. Maybe it’s because when I’m behind slower riders in the race I’m not able to put the same pressure on the front. I’m not sure at the moment, to be honest, so we need to sit down and work out what’s best for the next race.”
Vittoriano Guareschi, Team Manager
“I’m really disappointed for Casey and for the team because this is obviously a big letdown for all of us. Today we had the possibility of having a good race, as we saw with Nicky, but it didn’t turn out that way for Casey, who crashed when he was trying to make up ground on the top three. He lost the front and now we’re all working together to try and work out why. I know that Casey will bounce back in the next race, ready to give it all as always and we’ll be working hard to allow him to show his huge talent. Nicky was great again today and that kind of result is not a surprise anymore. He had a few problems in practice but he showed great character in the race to score the best result of his career at this track.”
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