Stoner tops Oz GP practice
'HI, AND BYE, GUYS' Honda's Aussie rider Casey Stoner waves to fans alongside Spanish team mate Dani Pedrosa ahead of the 2012 Australian Motocycle Grand Prix on Phillip Island, Melbourne. Image: AFP
PHILLIP ISLAND, Australia - Casey Stoner was fastest in the first MotoGP practice session on Friday, October 26, 2012 ahead of Sunday's Australian GP. It's the 27-year-old Australian's final home race before he retires at the end of the season.
Aiming for his sixth successive win at Phillip Island, the Honda rider's time of 1min30.374 after a 45-minute rain delay on the 4.445km circuit was better than World championship contenders Jorge Lorenzo (1min1.279) and Dani Pedrosa (1min31.533).
RACING AFTER SURGERY
Stoner is racing just weeks after surgery on a serious right-ankle injury.
Yamaha rider Lorenzo is leading Honda's Pedrosa by 23 points in the championship. They are the only two riders who can win the title with two races remaining.