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Australian Casey Stoner slams MotorGP track design

09-07-2010 15:20 BJT

CANBERRA, Sept. 7 (Xinhua) -- Australian Casey Stoner motorcycle racer on Tuesday slammed Motor Grand Prix (GP) track designs following the death of Japanese rider Shoya Tomizawa in Sunday's Moto2 San Marino GP.

Tomizawa, 19, suffered multiple head and internal injuries when struck by bikes in a sickening 240km/h crash.

According to Australian Associated Press, in the MotoGP race which followed, Stoner finished a distant fifth and slumped to fifth place in the championship.

The race was won by Spaniard Dani Pedrosa on a Honda, ahead of championship leader Jorge Lorenzo with Valentino Rossi third, both on Yamahas.

Shell-shocked riders paid tribute to Tomizawa's emerging talent after they learnt that he had succumbed to his injuries at the nearby Riccione Hospital.

"He was a very funny guy, always making jokes. There is a big hole inside me," Pedrosa told Australian Associated Press on Tuesday.

Stoner led the call for a safety review to instill a feeling of caution among riders.

He said the placement of smooth tarmac run-off areas and artificial grass on track edges has taken the fear factor out of running off the track and made riders feel "bullet proof."

"The extra tarmac gives everybody an invincible feeling. that they can run-off and come straight back on," Stoner told Australian Associated Press.

"Riders become too confident and ride without fear."

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Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Xinhua

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