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Spies tops warm-up, Stoner competitive

Ben Spies shrugs off his shoulder pain to top morning warm-up at Indianapolis, while Casey Stoner defies his ankle injury to set the sixth best time.
Ben Spies gave little indication that his shoulder pain is hampering him as he topped morning warm-up for the Indianapolis Grand Prix, though it was Casey Stoner that snatched the headlines by proving competitive despite his own injuries.

Having been diagnosed with a series of injuries as a result of his spectacular accident during qualifying, it was unclear whether the crutch-wielding Stoner would make it out for morning warm-up with a view to starting today's race.

However, the Australian, sporting a special boot to cushion the torn ligaments in his ankle, not only made it onto track for the 20 minute session, but would proceed to complete ten laps and set a time quick enough for sixth.

Just six tenths off the ultimate pace, Stoner is now expected to take his sixth place on the grid for the race in an effort to limit the damage to his 2012 title hopes.

At the head of the timesheets, two fast laps from Spies in the closing stages of warm-up would lift the American to the forefront, the former World Superbike Champion proving similarly impressive having hurt his shoulder during his own qualifying accident yesterday.

Defying the pain, Spies's laps were good enough to put him three tenths clear of pole sitter Dani Pedrosa and Yamaha team-mate Jorge Lorenzo, while Tech 3 Yamaha pair Cal Crutchlow and Andrea Dovizioso were locked together in fourth and fifth positions.

Behind Stoner, satellite Honda duo Stefan Bradl and Alvaro Bautista were seventh and eighth quickest, while Valentino Rossi's fairly nondescript weekend continued in ninth place aboard the sole remaining factory Ducati.

Of the CRT contingent, Aleix Espargaro was quickest this time in tenth position, ahead of Mattia Pasini and Randy de Puniet on the sister ART machines.



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Jamie - Unregistered

August 19, 2012 4:10 PM

Dear Lord!!!!! Please ALL OF YOU. Quit your bitching, moaning and pathetic whining! Accept it! Some people like Rossi, some people like Stoner, Lorenzo, Hayden etc etc. Its a fact of life, people like different things. Its not even worth telling you who i support, because thats another arguemtnt. Quit argueing about things that dont matter. And ALL of you agree on the only real fact. Each and every rider on that field could wipe the floor with any one of us on our best day with a bike putting out twice the power. Yes i include myself in that. Hats off to all those guys. Especially those who are injured right now. Or have been in the past.



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