MotoGP Jerez Test: Casey Stoner suffers huge high-side crash

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Casey Stoner has suffered another crash onDucati’s new factory GP8 machine in Jerez this afternoon.

The new world champion, who crashed on his debut on the new bike yesterday, walked away from a massive high-side crash at Turn Three, which was the same corner where Aussie Mick Doohan suffered career-ending injuries at the 1999 Spanish GP.

Stoner was second on the timesheets when he crashed with a best time of 1.40.833, which is 0.6s slower than his best lap set yesterday when he was quickest.

He walked away from the incident but has been taken to the circuit’s medical centre for checks, with the 10-times MotoGP winner already suffering pain in his right shoulder after yesterday’s crash.

Top of the timesheets at present is Spaniard Dani Pedrosa, who logged a 1.40.651.
Valentino Rossi is currently fourth quickest behind former factory Yamaha team-mate Colin Edwards, while James Toseland is continuing to impress on the Tech 3 Yamaha YZR-M1.

The British rider is currently eighth fastest with a best time of 1.41.563, which is just 0.912s adrift of Pedrosa.

Toseland is currently faster than Shinya Nakano, Andrea Dovizioso, Jorge Lorenzo, Alex de Angelis, Anthony West and a badly struggling Marco Melandri, who appears to be having a torrid time adapting to the Ducati GP8. Melandri is only 14th fastest at the moment, and is just 0.1s ahead of new Ducati test rider Nicolo Canepa.


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Matthew Birt

By Matthew Birt