Stoner desperate to get back on bike
9 October 2012 – This weekend sees Casey Stoner return to MotoGP for the first time since Indianapolis, where he was injured in mid-August. The Champion, retiring at the end of the season, is now presented with the task of helping Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa to win the world title as well as clinching victories for himself.
“It's going to be great to see all my team and get back on my bike in Motegi this weekend,” the Australian says on Tuesday. “The last six weeks have been pretty tough for me; I've had to sit around and rest my ankle, get some physio and try to occupy my time - thankfully I've had (wife) Ally around to keep me occupied.
“I've been watching the races at home. I felt bad for Dani in Misano, but these things can happen - as they did for Jorge (Lorenzo) at Assen. The Motegi circuit is very stop-start, with a lot of hard braking and accelerating; it's pretty tough on the body and physically quite demanding.
“The first session on Friday will be crucial to see how my ankle feels in the boot, the degree of movement I have and pressure I can apply.”
After Japan, the sport will move on to Malaysia and then Stoner’s home event at Phillip Island, which he is more than keen to win before bowing out of MotoGP.