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GP Week : Issue 22
>>Moto GPnews Stoner slammed by media, fans CASEY Stoner’s comments about Valentino Rossi after the American GP have caused a flurry of comment from magazine and website correspondents, with the 21- year-old Australian slammed far and wide by an army of loyal and long-standing Rossi fans. Stoner came in for blistering criticism especially in Britain, where the weekly Motor Cycle News devoted almost an entire two pages of letters to the topic. Stoner was dubbed “childish” and “immature”, with one correspondent saying “he gives a new dimension to the phrase ‘sore loser’.” Few could be found to stick up for the Australian, who was booed on the rostrum at this year’s British GP, as well as at the ‘Day of Champions’charity function this year and last. Stoner’s most offensive remark appears to have been about losing respect: “Valentino has to be the most respected rider in this paddock. Everyone respects him, myself, everyone. But today I lost quite a lot of that and if you’ve noticed I’m not the only one to have been dealt a blow by Valentino in races,” said Stoner after the race, after having Hopkins in training as injured trio recovers ALL three MotoGP riders who missed the US GP injured should be close to full strength when racing resumes at Brno in two weekends, after having a full summer break in which to recuperate. As reported last week, Jorge Lorenzo is on the mend following surgery to his right foot; while fellow Spaniard Dani Pedrosa is also recovering well. From the US comes news that John Hopkins has started swimming training in his quest to recover from serious knee, ankle and back injuries sustained in practice for the Dutch TT at Assen at the end of June. “I actually put weight on left leg a week earlier than the doctor said I should,” said Hopkins, who was at the US GP, mainly in a golf cart. “I’ve started swimming already a week ago, and I’m aiming to be close to fully fit for the Czech GP,”he said. Hopkins is hoping chassis and engine improvements to the Kawasaki will improve his so-far erratic fortunes since switching to the team this year. Former GP racer Garry McCoy is also expected to make a full recovery after serious injuries at the World Superbike round at Brno. Triumph Supersport racer McCoy collided with fellow- Australian Andrew Pitt, and suffered six broken ribs, a collapsed lung and fractured vertebra. He is recuperating in a clinic in Vienna. 15 declined to shake hands with Rossi in the Parc Ferme immediately after the race. Rossi said: “After a battle like this, also with all the pressure and the emotion of the race, it’s quite normal to say thing like this.” Later, he said: “I hope the rivalry with Stoner does not become like Biaggi and Gibernau.” There is little doubt who the fans will support if it does.