Stoner to think of Simoncelli when practice begins
17 October 2012 – Casey Stoner is completely sure that he will be thinking of only one person when MotoGP practice begins for the Malaysian Grand Prix. This weekend’s race will be the first at Sepang since Gresini’s Marco Simoncelli tragically lost his life last year.
“After a disappointing race in Japan, I'm looking forward to going to Malaysia - it's a track where I've had success at in the past,” the reigning World Champion begins. “However, this weekend marks the anniversary of Marco's death so I'm sure it will be a strange feeling when we all get on-track.
“It's going to be a hot weekend and it's a physically demanding circuit. My ankle isn't feeling very good after the race in Japan, so I'll be resting it as much as possible this week before going on-track on Friday. The track is a little smoother and more flowing, so hopefully I won't have so many issues as I had in Japan.”
Having injured his ankle at Indianapolis, Stoner has had only two months of recovery so far despite doctors advising a six to eight-month period of convalescence.