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MotoGP Indy: Stoner puts hands up to costly errors

Reigning MotoGP World Champion Casey Stoner has admitted the massive points gap between himself and title rival Jorge Lorenzo is down to his own errors and the fact the Spaniard has been almost flawless all year.

The soon-to-retire Australian has put his hands up to the mistakes which have cost him valuable rostrums and says that catching the works Yamaha man is going to be difficult if he remains in his current form.

"He's won a lot of World Championships, and he's been riding pretty much flawlessly this season. We thought his season in 2010 was impressive and, in my opinion, this season is even more so. Except for the incident with Bautista, which there's a very good chance he would have won that race, at least probably being in the top two, he would have kept that one or two result for the whole season," said Stoner at the Indianapolis pre-event press conference.

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"So it's been very difficult to get on top of him. We've got our own issues and problems with the bike that we really need to resolve. Laguna was a good track for us because it went left, and we have a lot less issues when we go around a left-hand circuit. So we'll have to see how we can do here again; it's going the right direction for us. But, unfortunately, when the track does go to left, we sort of ignore a lot of problems that are created when we go back to the right.

"So we need to make sure we stay focused, keep trying to improve the bike so when things do get a little tricky later in the season, we can keep up the pressure. But we've got a long way to go. We lost a lot of points in a very short amount of time, from no fault other than my own. And we've got a long way to scrape back those points."

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