After the mass of crashes during qualifying for both the MotoGP and Moto3 classes, the toll taken on the field is not as bad as at first feared. In MotoGP, Casey Stoner, Nicky Hayden and Ben Spies all suffered massive highsides in Turn 14, one of the final corners before the front straight. All three had the rear slide and then grip on the treacherous asphalt in that section of the track, and were flung off and came down heavily. Casey Stoner came off with the worst physical injuries, tearing the ligaments in his right ankle, while Nicky Hayden suffered a concussion and bruising to his arm. Ben Spies came off best, badly bruised and marked but otherwise unhurt.
All three men were taken to the Indianapolis Methodist Hospital for further examination, with Ben Spies being the first rider to be released back to the paddock. Spies is likely to race on Sunday, his injuries not being sufficiently serious to prevent him. The same cannot be said for Nicky Hayden: the factory Ducati man had a CAT scan on his head and his arm x-rayed. The Kentuckian was insistent he will race, but will not be able to race tomorrow after two fractures were found in his right hand. Hayden had also shown signs of confusion when he arrived at the medical center, having no memory of the crash and believing he had crashed at the same time as Casey Stoner.
The fate of Stoner is unknown at this moment. He was first feared to have fractured his ankle, but initial scans showed no fractures, with some damage to the ligaments in his right ankle. He is currently still undergoing checks at hospital, with the Repsol Honda team saying they will issue a press release later in the evening, once they have more information.
The Moto3 crashers included Alex Marquez, Jack Miller and Hector Faubel. Marquez came off best, suffering only scrapes and bruises, but Jack Miller broke his collarbone - the third time this has happened this year - and Faubel was taken to hospital suffering bruising to the stomach, left side and elbow. Faubel was given the all clear at the hospital, but will have to pass a fitness test in the morning.