Casey Stoner undergoes surgery
Stoner targeting first race after shoulder operation
Casey Stoner is optimistic of making his MotoGP debut in the first round of the season at Jerez on March 26th after undergoing surgery on a shoulder injury. The Australian was forced out of action in the first day of recent tests at Sepang, Malaysia, complaining of severe discomfort in his right shoulder.
Scans revealed ligament damage caused by an old training injury and specialists opted to put the youngster under the knife on his return to Sydney. Initial fears that he could miss up to four months have now been quelled and, although he is ruled out of the upcoming official tests at Catalunya and Jerez, Stoner is hopeful of taking his place on the grid at Jerez.
“Basically I had some torn-up old ligament tissue that was getting trapped in the joint and making it very uncomfortable for me to ride the bike – especially something as demanding as the RC211V,” said Stoner, who makes the step up to MotoGP this season to ride a Honda after finishing runner-up in the 250cc class with Aprilia last season.
“The surgeons have cut out the old tissue and now it is just a case of letting the shoulder settle down and then start to build my strength back up. It’s a blow to miss the next couple of tests but I was warned last week that I could be out for four months so I have to look on the positive side and say it’s not as bad as it could have been.
“I know we will have a lot of catching up to do when I get back but the team have shown a fantastic work ethic in the preseason tests so far and I will be just as determined to make up for lost time. I’m confident we can be competitive in a short space of time.”