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GP Week : Issue 55
>>Moto GPnews da? erhooks Stoner – is it burnout? CASEY Stoner’s ‘mystery ailment’may be a case of early burn-out. The 2007 World Champion didn’t actually use the words, but after extensive medical tests failed to find any real problem, it was in his mind. “Maybe it’s just too many years, too many years of travelling, I’ve been racing since I was four, I’ve been in Europe since I was 14 and maybe I’ve been too relaxed this year and my body’s decided to shut down and say okay, you’re relaxing too much. That’s all we can come up with,”he said. After Laguna he went to the San Francisco clinic of famed surgeon Art Ting. “I had one test after another. There were five or six doctors all coming up with ideas, then they’d test for that. They stuck tubes down my throat, into my stomach did scans … I don’t know how many litres of blood they took, but my arm is full of holes. “They couldn’t come up with any real explanation,”he said. The slight anaemia and gastritis diagnosed were so slight as to be negligible, he said. The same problems had struck at the Sachsenring, though less severely than at Catalunya, where he had twice vomited into his helmet, and the next two rounds at Assen and Laguna Seca. While he was racing for the lead in Germany he had felt much better, he said. It was only after a big slide meant he lost touch that he slacked off … “and when I did that, my body packed up.”He almost collapsed in the pit, when “my legs buckled under me when I stood up”, he said. “Overall I feel a little better – but I hope it’s not because of the weather and the track,”he said. Conditions were much cooler than in Catalunya and at Laguna Seca, which may have helped; while “the long corners here are easier, because it means you don’t have to move around so much on the bike.” 15