Casey Stoner excels at Phillip Island. Image courtesy of Getty Images/perthnow.com.au
Despite the fact that doctors told him he would be out of action for 6-8 months when he shattered his ankle in Indianapolis six weeks ago, Casey Stoner is a leading chance going in to the Australian Grand Prix on Sunday. The defending world champion has had a couple of races back since surgery, and clearly hasn’t been anywhere near his best, but his eyes were always on the race at Philip Island on Sunday. There are only two races left this season before the 27 year-old retires and he will be determined to build on his imposing record at Phillip Island, having won at the circuit in each of the past five years.
Dani Pedrosa has been the form rider recently with five victories in the past six races, including the rain shortened Malaysian Grand Prix at the Sepang International Circuit, while Jorge Lorenzo is considered the other leading contender. He leads the MotoGP World Standings by 23 points, so really only has to get around safely to all but wrap it up so it is hard to see him taking any risks at all, whereas Pedrosa needs a win, and Stoner wants a win.
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