Stoner breathes sigh of relief after crash
27 October 2012 – Casey Stoner dominated Phillip Island qualifying in terms of lap time, sealing pole position for the Australian MotoGP despite his ankle injury. However, the Honda rider was fortunate to escape a high-side accident during Saturday afternoon’s session.
“It's been a good progression over these past few races and it's great to get pole for my home Grand Prix,” he said, having been unbeaten in the race since 2007. “The bike has been good since Friday and I'm feeling comfortable on it again. It wasn't an easy session this afternoon.
“We went out on a Hard tyre and on my out-lap, as I was peeling into the Honda turn, the bike decided to flip me. I tried to make sure I kept my leg out of the way as I came off and fortunately it didn't get caught up. My left hip is hurting a little, as I landed on it, but hopefully we shouldn't have any issues with it tomorrow.
“The bike feels pretty good for race pace. We would have liked some more work in this afternoon's session, but we lost time after the crash. A big thanks to all the fans for coming out and putting up with this weather - hopefully we can turn this pole into a win tomorrow!”
Stoner shares the front row with title contenders Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa.