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Japan’s Aoyama to ride in Indianapolis with broken back

AP AND AFP, INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA

Two months after he fractured his back in a crash before the British Grand Prix, Japanese rider Hiroshi Aoyama has completed 26 laps in preparation for today’s MotoGP race in Indianapolis.

Aoyama, who wore a specially designed corset for support on Friday, said the practice was “not so easy” because he hadn’t been racing for two months. However, as he finished, Aoyama said he “started to get the feelings back and everything started to come a little bit easier.”

Aoyama won the 250cc world championship last year and placed second in the Indianapolis 250cc event last year before moving up to the elite class.

His best finish this season was 10th out of 17 riders in the season-opening Qatar before he was injured at Silverstone.

Australian Ducati rider Casey Stoner was fastest in the first practice for the Indianapolis MotoGP on Friday, edging championship leader Jorge Lorenzo of Spain.

Stoner notched a best lap of 1min 40.884 seconds, .225 seconds faster than Lorenzo.

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