Stoner tops Oz GP practice

2012-10-26 09:14

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).


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.