MotoGP champ Casey Stoner suffers multiple injuries in Suzuka crash
Former MotoGP World Champion Casey Stoner suffered multiple injuries in a high-speed crash during Sunday's Suzuka 8 Hour motorcycle race.
Stoner fell victim to a stuck throttle early in the endurance classic and as a result, crashed hard through the gravel trap. Stoner was immediately helped off the track by the safety crew, but would later reveal on Twitter that he suffered a broken scapula and fractured tibia.
The 29-year-old Australian was leading the endurance race for HARC-Pro Honda at the time of the malfunction. However, heavy damage to the bike put an end to the team's quest for a third consecutive Suzuka 8 Hour victory.
It was Stoner's first competitive motorcycle race since retiring from MotoGP in 2012. He was joined by teammates Michael van der Mark and Takumi Takahashi.
Sorry to my team @mickeyvdmark, Takumi Takahashi and the entire crew, they have worked too hard to end it like that. Thank you guys!— Casey Stoner (@Official_CS27) July 26, 2015