Double MotoGP world champion Casey Stoner has suffered multiple injuries following a vicious high-speed crash in Japan.
Stoner was riding a Musashi Honda Fireblade and was leading the iconic the Suzuka 8-hour endurance race, his first competitive race since 2012, when his throttle stuck open, forcing the 29 year-old to run wide as he approached the hairpin section of the circuit 69 minutes into the race. His bike skidded off the track, sending Stoner flying through a padded barrier and tumbling onto the track, leaving the machine torn apart and laying in the middle of the circuit. On his hands and knees, Stoner tried to crawl to the safety of the barriers before track marshals were able to reach him.
Stoner suffered a broken scapula and fractured tibia in the crash but took to Twitter to show his fans he was OK, sharing a photo of himself with his arm in a sling and his leg bandaged and elevated. ‘A big thanks to my @alpinestars leathers boots and back protector, also @nolan_group Helmet, I would have been much worse off without them!’
The team had to wait until the end of the race for the bike to be returned so they could exam what caused the accident. Together with HRC staff, the team checked the machine, and confirmed from the data that the throttle was 26 degrees open before the crash. It wasn’t clear why this happened and now the bike will be sent to HRC for a full inspection. HRC will communicate the findings to the media when there is more news.