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GP Week : Issue 28
>>Moto GPnews Casey concedes it’s over CASEY Stoner formally ruled himself out of the MotoGP championship chase prior to the weekend’s race at Indianapolis. “It was gone a while ago. We started to bring it back, and it was gone again,” he declared, at the pre-race press briefing. “We gave too many points away at the beginning of the season, and that’s really stung us now. With these two crashes” (at the last two races) if we hadn’t done such a bad beginning of the season, we would still have been within reach. But that’s the way it’s gone this year – that’s the way things seem to be panning out for me,” he continued. “We’re not putting the blame on anybody and I've been riding the best I can. The practice sessions have gone perfectly, and I've been learning a lot more. But the races just haven't worked out. “But I'm here learning, I'm young, and we’ll see how it goes at this racetrack. “We've just got to make sure we try and bring these last five races home very strong and get ready for next year.” As for his wrist injury: “I've been a little disappointed with the news of that. I thought it was sorted five years ago, but I kept having quite a lot of pains over the years, every now and then.” The injury has been stapled, but has disintegrated since then. “We have got to decide what to do in the future with it, but for now we have just got to keep racing and see what we can do.,” he said. Pedrosa makes a slow start on Bridgestones DANI Pedrosa’s debut on Bridgestone tyres, after his shock switch two weeks ago, went much as Valentino Rossi had predicted … slowly. Dani amazed everybody in first tests, carving a second off his best race time on Michelins. But the realities of Indianapolis, leaving him short of dry time, bit home, and he qualified only eighth and finished in the same position. After qualifying, he said: “Today is the first day I used qualifiers. As for race tyres, I was not able to do many consecutive laps because of the conditions. “When we change the tyres, it takes work at these tyres and, of course, we have to find the best combination. Right now with this new track, also, it's another thing,” he said. The switch certainly inspired team-mate Hayden to his greatest efforts, and his best result of the season – on Michelins. The French tyres took two out of three rostrum positions, and three of the top five, in a vindication of their efforts to fight back. 15