Video: Casey Stoner reflects on wrist recovery and 2008
Looking back on 2008 when the Aussie surrendered his world title to a resurgent Valentino Rossi, last year’s runner-up said: “The first half of the season was very disappointing.
"We had such a strong start and everything felt so good and I guess because I was riding with so much confidence we overlooked a lot of problems that hindered us throughout the rest of the beginning of the season.
"The confidence I had from 2007 meant I was just riding around a lot of those problems and riding well and we didn’t realise how far we actually were off the pace. It was a very disappointing beginning and in general my season was disappointing, but when I think back the results were too far at the beginning.
"I had two crashes and an engine failure and I still ended up second in the championship and still fighting for it. I ca safely say we have got to be satisfied with that.
"I didn’t win the championship but I still have a very good season and I believe I can push a lot further this season and at least take it down to the last round and improve in some of the areas we struggled with.
"It was very much a learning year, some parts I want to forget and some to stick in my memory so I make sure I know what I’m doing next time we come into that situation.”