The breaks go against Casey in come­back

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

FOR­MER Mo­toGP world cham­pion Casey Stoner broke a leg and frac­tured a shoul­der in a hor­ror re­turn to rid­ing in the Suzuka 8 Hours event in Ja­pan yesterday.

Stoner was too quick in a high- speed cor­ner, while lead­ing, and missed the apex be­fore hit­ting the grass and crash­ing spec­tac­u­larly.

He had to crawl away as a safety crew came to his aid. Within mo­ments he was be­ing tended to by med­i­cal staff.

He later ap­peared back in the garage with his right arm in a sling and lower leg ban­daged.

“Well my # Suzu­ka8H ended spec­tac­u­larly! Stuck throt­tle = bro­ken scapula + frac­tured tibia and a few more tweaks. Sucks!” Stoner tweeted. The Aus­tralian was mak­ing his first ap­pear­ance in the en­durance clas­sic and his first se­ri­ous mo­tor­cy­cle race out­ing since re­tir­ing from the Mo­toGP cir­cuit at the end of 2012.

A screen­shot of Casey Stoner’s spec­tac­u­lar ac­ci­dent at the Suzuka 8 Hours event in Ja­pan.

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