MotoGP: Casey Stoner to return from injury in Japan

JAPANESE GRAND PRIX

  • Venue: Twin Ring Motegi
  • Saturday 13 October: Qualifying on red button and online, 04:55 - 08:05 BST
  • Sunday 14 October: Moto 2 and Moto 3 races on red button and online; MotoGP race live on BBC2 and online, 05:30 - 07:00 BST

Reigning MotoGP world champion Casey Stoner will return from injury at the Japanese Grand Prix on 14 October.

Stoner, 26, has missed the last three races after breaking his ankle in a crash in qualifying in Indianapolis.

MotoGP standings

  • Jorge Lorenzo - 290 points
  • Dani Pedrosa - 257 points
  • Casey Stoner - 186 points
  • Andrea Dovizioso - 179 points
  • Cal Crutchlow - 135 points

He said on his blog:  "It's been another quiet week here in Australia. I've been resting, having some physio and following doctor's orders to recover.

"The good news is that I feel I can race in Motegi and will be rejoining my team next week. I can't wait."

Stoner was replaced by Northern Irishman Jonathan Rea for the last two races. Rea, who usually competes in the World Superbike Championship, was eighth at Misano and finished seventh at Aragon.

Stoner has always hoped to return to action before his home race in Australia on 28 October, his last race at Phillip Island before he retires at the end of the season.

But he has no chance of retaining his title. He is now 104 points behind championship leader Jorge Lorenzo with a maximum 100 points on offer.

However, the double world champion, who also won the crown in 2007, could help Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa win a first title.

Pedrosa is just 33 points behind fellow Spaniard Lorenzo with four races - in Japan, Malaysia, Australia and Spain - remaining.

Stoner crashes out of qualifying in Indianapolis