Casey Stoner aiming to stop Valentino Rossi surge

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Reigning world champion Casey Stoner is confident he can halt Valentino Rossi’s current domination in this weekend’s Indianapolis GP.

The factory Ducati rider has gifted Rossi a massive 75-point lead in the title race with only five races to go having crashed out of the lead in Brno and Misano recently.
In contrast, Rossi has won the last three races to surge towards a sixth premier class world title.

But Stoner is looking to stop his own slide and he said: “Obviously I'm not happy with the results of the last few races. We have proved that we are consistently fast but that clearly isn't enough. I know that I have got the support of a great team and a bike I have a great feeling with.

"I'm going to try to enjoy riding it over the final few races, which all take place at circuits I like a lot.” The Aussie though is aware that the broken scaphoid bone that dogged him in Misano might also flare up again in America this weekend.

Stoner’s injury is a recurrence of an old problem he first experienced in 2003 and he added: “I also have to think about the scaphoid that we thought had healed back in 2003 but is still giving me problems.

"For the time being I have to deal with it but we're talking to the doctors about what to do with it in the future. I can't wait to go back to America and race at Indianapolis, a circuit nobody knows but where I am sure our bike and tyres will work just as well as they have done at the last few races."

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Matthew Birt

By Matthew Birt