Having missed three races following surgery for his Indianapolis injuries Stoner finished fifth on his return to action at Motegi, citing a lack of race fitness.
Sepang: Pedrosa 1st - Stoner 3rd
Stoner - who considered skipping the soaking Sepang race due to the increased risk of re-damaging his ankle - got faster as the race went on and was on the verge of overtaking Lorenzo for second when the race was stopped. Pedrosa won, but Stoner felt he had a real chance of victory without the stoppage.
Valencia: Pedrosa 1st - Stoner 3rd
Stoner's last MotoGP race took place on a wet but drying track, prompting another cautious start for the Australian. Stoner rose from 16th, after a pit stop to swap bikes, and overtook Alvaro Bautista for third place on the penultimate lap. Team-mate Pedrosa won the race.
Casey Stoner vs. his MotoGP team-mates:
How many times Stoner finished higher than his MotoGP team-mate(s), by year.
Only races in which both team-mates finished are included
Stoner 6 - Pedrosa 7
Stoner 7 - Pedrosa 4
Stoner 14 - Dovizioso 1
Stoner 8 - Hayden 2
Stoner 12 - Hayden 0
Stoner 13 - Melandri 1
Stoner 12 - Capirossi 2