Casey Stoner makes cautious return with seventh on Motegi timesheets

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Back in the Repsol Honda garage after returning from a right ankle injury, Casey Stoner had a day of hard work at Motegi today and closed it out by occupying seventh place on the timesheet.

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The first outing at Motegi ended with teammate Dani Pedrosa in second position. After the first 45 minutes of free practice, the Spaniard had completed 19 laps, setting a best time of 1’46.699. That put him 0.141 ahead of compatriot Jorge Lorenzo.

On his return to action for the first time since the Indianapolis Grand Prix three races ago, Casey Stoner put in 12 laps and was fourth —0.758 off Lorenzo.

Casey Stoner
“Today was a little disappointing, this morning we had our first bike fail on us so we lost valuable time, then in the second session we had a brake issue and spent a lot of time in the garage fixing that also. We spent the two sessions trying to find a nice balance with the bike, of course I’m not feeling 100% as it is, so I wanted to get a reasonable feeling with it before I start pushing. At the moment the acceleration points are causing me most difficulty as there are many areas at this circuit where the bike wants to wheelie and you need to keep your body and weight over the front of the bike. Unfortunately my foot doesn’t want to bend far enough to help me move forward so I’m having to pull myself forward which is giving me issues with my arms as they are working a lot harder than usual. We’ll keep working tomorrow and see what we can do.”

Source: Repsol Media