Casey Stoner has been diagnosed with torn ligaments and fractured bones in his right ankle, after suffering a massive highside in the first few minutes of qualifying for the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix on Saturday. Stoner fell very heavily on his right ankle, and was taken to the medical center for evaluation, before being sent on to the Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis for further evaluation.
Below is the transcript of the press conference held after qualifying at Indianapolis, featuring MotoGP front row rider Dani Pedrosa, Jorge Lorenzo and Andrea Dovizioso and Moto2 and Moto3 polesitters Pol Espargaro and Sandro Cortese:
2012 RED BULL INDIANAPOLIS GP POLE POSITION PRESS CONFERENCE
Dani Pedrosa, Jorge Lorenzo, Andrea Dovizioso, Pol Espargaro, Sandro Cortese
Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012
Press releases from the MotoGP teams after qualifying on Saturday at Indianapolis:
Lorenzo Flies to Indianapolis Front Row
Championship leader Jorge Lorenzo gave it everything this afternoon in an incident packed qualifying session to take second on the grid for tomorrow’s Grand Prix of Indianapolis. Having struggled to find pace all weekend the team made a big step for qualifying, dramatically improving his speed and resulting in a qualifying time just 0.1 seconds from pole.
Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after qualifying at Indianapolis:
Highs and lows for Repsol Moto3 riders
Positive day for Maverick Viñales and Álex Rins, who will start tomorrow's race from the front and second row, respectively. Miguel Oliveira places eleventh, whilst Álex Márquez crashes three times in qualifying.
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.
Results and summary of qualifying for the Moto2 class at Indianapolis:
Pol Espargaro has taken his third pole position of the season, adding pole to the domination of practice at Indianapolis so far. Espargaro started fast and grabbed the pole back from Marc Marquez at the halfway mark, setting a time that no one would match for the rest of the session. Marquez was forced to settle for pole, nearly a quarter of a second behind Espargaro, while Andrea Iannone put in a late charge to take the final spot on the front row.
Results and summary of qualifying for the MotoGP class at Indianapolis:
Results and summary of the qualifying practice for the Moto3 class at Indianapolis:
Sandro Cortese has taken pole for tomorrow's Moto3 race at Indianapolis, the Red Bull KTM rider just pipping his teammate Danny Kent to pole. Cortese had a little bit of luck on his side, as Efren Vazquez was on a very fast lap in the final seconds of qualifying when the session was red-flagged due to a crash by Alex Marquez. The crash left Maverick Vinales in 3rd spot, with Luis Salom heading up the second row in 5th, ahead of Zulfahmi Khairuddin and Alex Rins.
Pol Espargaro has once again taken the top spot during FP3 for the Moto2 class at Indianapolis, completing a clean sweep of free practice at the iconic American track. Espargaro was chased hard by Marc VDS Racing's Scott Redding, though, the young Briton getting to within six hundredths of Espargaro's time. Marc Marquez ended in third, less than a tenth behind Espargaro but unable to challenge the HP Tuenti Kalex rider for the lead. Takaaki Nakagami of the Italtrans squad took the 4th spot, ending just ahead of Redding's teammate Mika Kallio, while Andrea Iannone finished FP3 in 6th.
The reign of the Repsol Hondas at Indianapolis continues, with Casey Stoner setting the fastest time in the final session of free practice for the MotoGP class, finishing just ahead of his teammate Dani Pedrosa. The race lap record continues to be decimated, Pedrosa taking first blood, while Stoner eventually got the time down to 1'39.182, six tenths faster than the race lap record and three tenths off the pole record.
The Red Bull KTMs continue to dominate at Indianapolis, Sandro Cortese setting the fastest time in the final session of free practice for the Moto3 class, finishing over a third of a second ahead of his teammate Danny Kent. Maverick Vinales leads the FTR Honda charge, finishing a tenth off the pace of Kent, but nearly half a second slower than Cortese, while Alex Rins continues his impressive debut at Indianapolis with the 4th fastest time.
MotoGP has a love-hate relationship with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway: most of the paddock love the place, the rest hate it. The way those feelings are divided is what is really interesting, though: the admirers of the track include most of the media, the teams and many, many fans. Those that hate the track are a small but well-defined group: anyone either wielding a camera or a racing a motorcycle have very few kind words for IMS.
Press releases from the MotoGP teams and Bridgestone after the first day of practice at Indianapolis:
Spies Shines on Day One in Indianapolis
Local hero Ben Spies was quick to find his form today in the first practice sessions for Sunday’s Indianapolis Grand Prix. The Texan Yamaha Factory rider was second fastest at the end of the day, 0.295 seconds behind leader Dani Pedrosa and nearly half a second faster than team mate Jorge Lorenzo. The day started slowly with a dirty track but times soon started to drop in the afternoon as more fresh rubber was laid down.
Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after the first day of practice at Indianapolis:
Holiday time over for Moto3 at Indianapolis
Repsol riders make good start to weekend. Oliveira ends day one third, Viñales fourth and Rins sixth. Álex Márquez returns to World Championship competition and places seventeenth, less than two seconds off the fastest time.
Pol Espargaro took charge of the Moto2 session on Friday afternoon at Indianapolis, responding to his chief title rival Marc Marquez by grabbing the fastest time by well over half a second. Marquez had launched a late attack on Espargaro's top slot, but his tenure at the top would be only brief. Espargaro responded, putting a big chunk of time into his rival, and leaving Marquez half a second adrift.