Motegi MotoGP: Casey Stoner and Carlos Checa clash in Japan
MotoGP world championship leader Casey Stoner launched a scathing attack on Spanish veteran Carlos Checa after the pair tangled early in this afternoon’s second free practice session in the Twin Ring Motegi.
“He was on the left side of the track and I was going to go past him on the inside because he was going really slow. I was going flat-out and he started to come straight back across in front of me to go the inside so I had to switch to the outside.
"It was pretty close moment. I didn’t know where to go, right or left, because he was just right in front of me. I’m disappointed because this isn’t the first time he’s done this, “said the 21-year-old.
It is not the first time in 2007 that Checa has upset his rivals for riding slowly during practice and qualifying.
But Checa defended himself and said: “Everyone saw on TV I was going slow, outside the line, so I don’t understand why he was so upset. I just hope Casey can calm down and focus on the championship. This is what he should do.”
Stoner escaped any sanction from Race Direction, though Race Director Paul Butler spoke to him.