Casey Stoner reveals Brno bad luck

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Reigning world champion Casey Stoner has revealed a cruel bout of bad luck prevented him from salvaging some points in last weekend’s Brno GP.

The Aussie crashed out of the lead in the 22-lap race and was unable to rejoin despite efforts to get his factory Ducati GP8 going again.

But Stoner has revealed a stone jammed in a throttle buttefly was the reason why he couldn’t at least salvage a few points in the Czech Republic.

“I wasn’t meant to have that bike going again. There was a stone caught in the butterflies that could not be a more perfect shape to fit in there, “Stoner told MCN at the conclusion of a two-day test session in Brno.

“If it was another shaped stone - smaller or bigger - it would not have been a problem but it just perfectly jammed itself in there. It was a half-moon shape so that was it, race over.. You couldn’t go through that gravel trap and find the right sized stone again. I could have got back on and got some reasonable points.”

Stoner’s first DNF for Ducati in 30 races left him trailing series leader Valentino Rossi by a massive 50 points with just six races remaining.

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Matthew Birt

By Matthew Birt