Equation changes as Lorenzo withdraws

Lorenzo has been declared unfit to race

Lorenzo has been declared unfit to race

Casey Stoner’s quest to wrap up his second MotoGP World Championship at Phillip Island this afternoon has received a surprise boost with rival Jorge Lorenzo being forced to withdraw from the event.

Lorenzo, the reigning champion, injured his left-hand after crashing on the exit of Turn 12 in the morning warm-up.

In his last lap of the session, the Spaniard high-sided off his Yamaha before coming to rest on the edge of the circuit.

Stoner now needs only a top six finish to seal the title. The Honda-mounted Australian has topped every on-track session this weekend at the Island, and has won in Australia for the past four years.

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Australian Damian Cudlin will also be a non-starter today following his crash in practice yesterday morning. Cudlin had been riding in place of the injured Hector Barbera on the Aspar Ducati.

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