MotoGP: Casey Stoner Questionable for Indianapolis GP

08/18/2012 @ 12:20 pm, by Jensen Beeler3 COMMENTS

UPDATE: An MRI has confirmed the ligament damage to Stoner’s ankle, but has also determined that his foot and leg is not fractured. He will undergo further tests before he is to be declared fit, or unfit, to race.

With only eight minutes on the clock for MotoGP’s qualifying session at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Casey Stoner found himself on the wrong side of a nasty high-side crash, which ultimately sent the Repsol Honda rider into Indy’s medical center. Stretchered off the red-flagged track, Stoner has a suspected torn ligament in his right foot, which will surely dash his hopes for competing at the Indianapolis GP.

With over 200 points still up for grabs in the 2012 MotoGP Championship, Stoner’s suspected absence from racing will have dire consequences on his hopes to retain the #1 plate beyond his retirement at the end of this season. Fast all week at Indianapolis, Stoner’s crash was just one of many at the American track, which also saw Hector Babera’s weekend cut-short, as the Spaniard high-sided in the final turn on Friday.

Ben Spies would be caught out at the final turn as well, also high-siding, though would return to the session after its second red flag. That second stoppage in the session was due to, Nicky Hayden, who also joined the high-side club in the final turn, suffering perhaps the worst crash of the group, as he appeared to be knocked-out cold during the fall. With a number of riders in the support classes having similar crashes in the final turns, one has to wonder if there was a common thread between the incidents.

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  • Actually, Stoner crashed out *early* in qualifying – the first of several big highsides (Spies got launched too); it was Nicky Hayden who had the nastiest, and the last crash with 8 minutes left in qualifying somewhere around T12-T14. He left on a stretcher, in the ambulance, but not before waving to the cameras.

  • The number of crashes over the weekend, mostly being vicious highsides, really points out why the riders have a pretty strong dislike of it. It doesn’t seem to be a very safe venue for bikes when you take into account how the corners just don’t open up when running counterclockwise.