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Marlboro Ducati's Casey Stoner is already saying he is looking forward to next season. It would seem the reigning MotoGP world champion has given up on his title for this yea,r saying he has huge confidence going into 2009.

The Aussie has blamed a scrubbed Bridgestone tyre for his crash at today's Misano MotoGP round while leading Fiat Yamaha's Valentino Rossi by more than three seconds. He is now 75 points adrift of the Italian and has a near-impossible task to retain his world title.

"We took the decision to put one lap on the race tyre in warm-up this morning to get it scrubbed in: we've done it before and not had a problem but today I could feel from the first lap that the grip wasn't right," said Stoner.


"After a few laps it started to feel better and I was gaining confidence but it let go. It's a real shame but, anyway, we tried hard here and once again I think we've shown we are very fast, we have a great bike and tyres that work fantastically.

"This gives me confidence for next year and I'm looking forward to it already. As for the injury, it's huge disappointment this problem came out but I'll have to wait until the end of the season for an operation."

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