Lorenzo & Pedrosa weren't the only ones riding injured ......
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Stoner hampered by neck injury
Tuesday, July 26, 2011 - 5:20 PM
Source: BigPond Sport
Stoner hampered by neck injury - News - BigPond Sport
MotoGP championship leader Casey Stoner has revealed he is fighting yet another injury.
Stoner, who sealed his victory with one of the sport's most spectacular passes, is praying a neck problem will not wreck his hopes of a second world crown.
It has been the Australian's childhood dream to win the MotoGP world championship with Honda.
The 2007 world titleholder has been in sublime form winning five out of ten races so far, a strike rate of 50 per cent, unmatched by any other rider.
Those five wins are part of a streak of eight consecutive podium finishes - a career personal best - since the Spanish GP in April.
With his win at Laguna Seca at the weekend Stoner is now on target to turn his 'dream season' into a championship.
'With dreams you can always think up a better one but being realistic this is a fantastic season for me and no matter how it ends up I know I have done a great job,' Stoner said.
And five wins could have been even more according to Stoner who admits that he did not capitalise on his winning potential at recent races in Germany and Italy.
'I'm a little disappointed because I know I could have won more although at this point I can't complain,' he said.
'But you can always strive to be better. The main thing is I'm very happy with the Honda team and what they have done this season.'
As he heads for the annual three week European summer break Stoner hopes that a nagging neck injury will not derail his season.
He has been unable to maintain his strength conditioning program in recent weeks because of an injury suffered in a high speed crash in Holland last month.
Doctors have told Stoner that it may be the beginning of October, just before the Australian GP at Phillip Island, before his neck is fully recovered.
'I can't do strength training because of my neck, just cycling,' Stoner said.
'In the Assen crash I came down hard with all the G forces through my shoulder and it has trapped a muscle between my vertebrae and discs - the muscle is damaged pretty badly.
'I've had a scan and the doctors said it will be two-and-a-half months before my neck is right, it will take a long time to heal,' he said.
'At Laguna Seca I could barely breathe after qualifying because my neck and also muscles on my ribs tightened up.'
Stoner requires daily physiotherapy and massage during race weekend although he said the injury did not restrict his riding on Sunday.
His classy performance in America drew rave reviews from 1993 world champion Kevin Schwantz who said even with an injury Stoner was unbeatable at Laguna Seca.
Schwantz was watching the race from inside turn one when Stoner pulled off his race move on the leader, Spanish rival Jorge Lorenzo.
'That was a big balls move, it took my breath away, I haven't seen anything better than that,' Schwantz said.
'When I saw Casey going for that move I thought, 'no fing way.'
'That corner is wide open at 300kph, flat in sixth gear over the top of a blind crest and Casey came down the outside of Jorge and just sucked the paint off his bike.'
The next race is the Czech GP on August 14
So there you go ,,,,,, I guess the "Whinging Whimp From Downunder" ain't happy unless he's got something to complain about
So where does that leave those who think he "GOT LUCKY" by running down two injured rivals ? ? ?
For the benefit of those who haven't sweated in leathers themselves .....
Half the bloody field is riding injured by this stage of a season.
Races come around faster than injuries heal.
But riders of that calibre, with the commitments they have, and the prizes they chase, put injuries as far out of mind as possible.
Sometimes it can't be completely forgotten about ,,,,, it hurts too much.
FFS ,,, get off Stoner's case.
On the day, he was the best rider
End of story
By end of season, he may well be crown Best Rider for 2011
But given the knockers ,,,, that won't be enough to ... End the story.
Won't happen until the Star Spangled Dunny Roll gets hoisted over a GP podium ,,,, but don't hold your breath.
From what I've seen from "The Good Ole' Boys" this season, it will be rotted before it's needed again