Stoner injured in qualifying at Indy

Reigning MotoGP world champion, Casey Stoner, crashed heavily in the opening minutes of qualifying at Indianapolis ahead of tomorrow’s race.

The Australian highsided at Turn 14and immediately it was clear that Stoner was in a lot of pain with the Respol Honda rider calling for the track side marshals to bring a stretcher.

Stoner was taken to the medical centre at the circuit for initial tests to determine whether he had fractured anything but his team confirmed, via a press release, that there were no fractures:

Casey had a heavy highside in turn 13 and was immediately taken to the circuit medical center. The first X-Rays ruled out any serious injury, suggesting torn ligaments in the right ankle. Casey was taken to the local Methodist Hospital for further checks and scans. The Repsol Honda team will release a statement later today, as soon as more information is known. 

Stoner lost the rear end of the bike as he accelerated out of the fast right hander and the rear suddenly broke away from his and spat him off the bike while his RCV213 barrel rolled along the track.

The 26 year old was not the only rider to crash with the home crowd despairing at seeing both Ben Spies and Nicky Hayden crash heavily.

Hayden fractured two bones in his right hand and will be forced to miss tomorrow’s race while Spies escaped serious injury. Both riders also crashed at turn 14.

The track surface has come under fire throughout the weekend, as it did in previous years, but with the track surfacing having been relaid last year there is various sections of the track that use different types of asphalt and therefore offer different grip levels.

This makes for a tremendous challenge for riders across the three classes with the Moto3 session having also seen a spate of crashes.

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