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Stoner struggling with ankle injury

"I still can't get the flexibility required in the right corners" - Casey Stoner.
By Stephen English

Casey Stoner, who will retire from MotoGP after Sunday's Valencia season finale, continues to feel the effects of his hefty Indianapolis crash with the Australian admitting that he still lacks flexibility in his ankle.

His home dominance at Phillip Island notwithstanding, it was clear after the opening day of practice that the very different demands of Valencia are presenting Stoner with a challenge this weekend.

Phillip Island is filled with high-speed left hand corners, whereas Valencia has a host of low-speed right hand turns that place a premium on a rider's ability to shift his weight and anchor the bike.

For Stoner this has presented a huge challenge, with the double champion admitting as much after the end of opening practice:

“The foot feels average at the moment and in the wet conditions it wasn't good today,” said Stoner, who missed three events after undergoing ankle surgery.

“I still can't get the flexibility required in the right corners.

“At Philip Island there's only two corners that we need to get over the right hand side of the bike.

“Here there's a few points that I couldn't get off the inside enough so it was a bit difficult but I didn't push hard this morning.”

Stoner was tenth in wet morning practice and then didn't record a lap time in the drying afternoon session.

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November 09, 2012 8:47 PM

For God's sake. He had a damn injury that takes up to 8 months to heal with rest. He is abusing the damn thing and you expect it to miraculously fix itself? He has said from the first GP back that right hand corners are the issue. There were only TWO of those at Phillip Island. That is why he thrashed every other rider there and made them look second rate. Where were you smart **** comments when he did that? He has beat Rossi at this track in 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2011. He was 1st or 2nd each of those years. Just another track where his record since 2006 if far superior than Rossi.

Pizdoff - Unregistered

November 09, 2012 9:03 PM

And lets all take a minute to remember WHY Stoner's carrying an ankle injury and the series is a farce yet again.... Its because - if you believe actions speak louder than words - Dorna's actions in persuing money and insisting races take place on American tracks most sane riders rate unsuitable sent them out into a track Stoner amongst others had roundly condemned long before even qualifying began. And it was carnage. Just as they had been warning. In a way I'm quite glad it spoiled the show and Moto GP was shown for the more or less charade its been for a while. But that it prevented Stoner from going out showing the world just how good he really is is tragic.

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