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"For sure his physical condition will not be at the top so we need to keep these races as kind of training for next year and help Casey work on the bike for next year. We certainly don’t need to put any big pressure or expectation on Casey.

"It is not about him coming back and winning the next four races. I don’t care about that. We just need to get him back on the bike and make sure he is comfortable."

I can hear the boo birds on MS already. :rolleyes:
 

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IMHO, whatever it takes is key. He is talented and successful. Whatever is going on, let's get over it, get him back on the horse and going.
 

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it will be good to see him back but they clearly don't know what the trouble is. I'm sure low blood pressure and low sodium would have been seen immediately there were issues so all they have done is rule out more expansive pathophysiologies. And the Marlboro exec comments are surely not going to help things.
 

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It will be wonderful to see him back racing. I am sure he will do well and silence all the critics.
 

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it will be good to see him back but they clearly don't know what the trouble is. I'm sure low blood pressure and low sodium would have been seen immediately there were issues so all they have done is rule out more expansive pathophysiologies. And the Marlboro exec comments are surely not going to help things.
I agree, after all that - low blood pressure and low sodium is all they could come up with and the report doesn't say how low - and is attributed to recent injuries/surgeries and overtraining - all seems extremely vague and general. How many recent surgeries/injuries has he had? Not nearly as many as some.

Any way it will be good to see him back- but with his team already making excuses for him and suggesting that these last races will be exercises with no real expectations of success, makes me think this is all a bit of a smoke screen
 

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If Stoner is up to 100% health we should see him somewhere on the podium this weekend. I always said it he is THE BEST Ducati GP rider period.
 

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The press isn't betting on a complete return. They keep writing about how he isn't 100%, that Stoner is agreeing with that. And they can't find the cause. These next races will tell alot!
 

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I say Stoner is going to kick some butt! (crosses fingers) ;)
 

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Estoril Spoiler

Actually, from the results of the first practice, looks like Stoner is still in the mix!
 

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Actually, from the results of the first practice, looks like Stoner is still in the mix!
OH YEH, Stoner finished practice today 4th overall. He is definitely back. Nicky was 11th .

Pos. Rider Team Bike Time
1 Jorge Lorenzo Fiat Yamaha Yamaha 1:37.185
2 Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda Honda 1:37.544
3 Valentino Rossi Fiat Yamaha Yamaha 1:37.606
4 Casey Stoner Ducati Marlboro Ducati 1:37.966
5 Colin Edwards II Tech 3 Yamaha Yamaha 1:38.103
6 Andrea Dovizioso Repsol Honda Honda 1:38.244
7 Randy De Puniet LCR Honda Honda 1:38.385
8 James Toseland Tech 3 Yamaha Yamaha 1:38.591
9 Alex De Angelis San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 1:38.629
10 Mika Kallio Pramac Racing Ducati 1:38.661
11 Nicky Hayden Ducati Marlboro Ducati 1:38.850
12 Loris Capirossi Rizla Suzuki Suzuki 1:38.978
13 Niccolo Canepa Pramac Racing Ducati 1:39.033
14 Gabor Talmacsi 1:39.393
15 Tony Elias San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 1:39.567
16 Chris Vermeulen Rizla Suzuki Suzuki 1:39.686
17 Marco Melandri Hayate Racing Kawasaki 1:39.757
 

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Stoner is on the front row for tomorrow's race. Not bad for a guy that missed the last 3 races. Stoner is back.

Estoril MotoGP: Lorenzo On Pole
results of qualifying can be found in the table below
Saturday, October 03, 2009

Pos. Rider Team Bike Time
1 Jorge Lorenzo Fiat Yamaha Yamaha 1:36.214
2 Valentino Rossi Fiat Yamaha Yamaha 1:36.474
3 Casey Stoner Ducati Marlboro Ducati 1:36.528
4 Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda Honda 1:36.702
5 Colin Edwards II Tech 3 Yamaha Yamaha 1:37.142
6 Randy De Puniet LCR Honda Honda 1:37.448
7 Loris Capirossi Rizla Suzuki Suzuki 1:37.489
8 Andrea Dovizioso Repsol Honda Honda 1:37.541
9 Nicky Hayden Ducati Marlboro Ducati 1:37.654
10 Mika Kallio Pramac Racing Ducati 1:37.813
11 Alex De Angelis San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 1:37.822
12 James Toseland Tech 3 Yamaha Yamaha 1:37.823
13 Tony Elias San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 1:37.911
14 Niccolo Canepa Pramac Racing Ducati 1:38.042
15 Chris Vermeulen Rizla Suzuki Suzuki 1:38.342
16 Marco Melandri Hayate Racing Kawasaki 1:38.538
17 Gabor Talmacsi Scot Honda Honda 1:39.320
 
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