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Talking to motogp.com Stoner stated,

“There was a lot of criticism of my decision to stop but people need to understand that if you are not competitive and you are getting worse every race there is no sense to just keep going. You have to stop, find the problem and fix it. So to come back like this and be more competitive than I have been in a long, long time it was a really good feeling. In the last five races I rode I was putting in so much effort and still slowing down at the end of the races, so today it was nice to be able to relax towards the end and still do a good lap time. I was nervous again today and I haven’t been nervous for a long time, so it is nice to be here again on the podium.”

There are 3 more races to go and Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) is only 3 points ahead of Stoner, the end of the ’09 MotoGP season stays exciting until the last race. I’m sure that with the upcoming Australia GP, Stoner will push his limits even further.