Casey Stoner 4th at Indianapolis despite ankle injury
Casey Stoner finished fourth at Indianapolis today and was close to the podium Ã¢â‚¬â€ despite suffering a fracture and sprain to his right ankle in a qualifying crash yesterday.
Casey began the race from sixth place after missing the majority of qualifying, courtesy of a crash yesterday in which he picked up a fracture and sprain to his right ankle. The reigning World Champion received a painkilling shot before the race and lost two places on the opening corners, but was able to make back one of them before the end of lap one.
Fighting with Andrea Dovizioso, ÃƒÂlvaro Bautista and Stefan Bradl, the Repsol rider made it into the podium positions when second-placed Ben Spies suffered an engine failure to his Yamaha.
In the end he finished fourth, taking 13 points and moving his tally up to 186. He is currently third in the standings. Pedrosa holds 207 points and leader Jorge Lorenzo, 225.
Casey Stoner – 4th at 19.803 sec.
“I’m definitely disappointed with how the weekend went. We had a strong start on Friday morning and then had a few issues Friday afternoon in FP2. We showed that we certainly had the pace for pole position and fight for the win but unfortunately I had a huge crash in qualifying. The injuries I sustained from the crash made things very difficult for us and we lost precious track time to work on the set up. This morning in warm up I was just getting comfortable on the bike and trying to get a feel for everything rather than working on set up. The race was equally as difficult, we had a rough start and got pushed back some positions and had to fight our way back through. As soon as we did, unluckily Ben had a bike failure and I found myself in the middle of the smoke, unsure where I was going and what I might hit and we lost positions again. At the end of the race it was almost impossible to maintain the pace. The painkillers I took to dull the pain gradually wore off at around the half way point and as I was compensating for my injury with the other side of my body, I simply had no energy left. It was frustrating to give up the podium position to Andrea but we did everything we could and at least I was able to ride and take some points”
Source: Repsol Media