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Mon 27th Aug '12

Stoner out of the MotoGP title fight

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Stoner to undergo surgery to repair damage to his right ankle


Casey Stoner's  sidelining from injury has ruled the Repsol Honda rider out of championship contention.

Stoner, who retires at the end of the season, suffered severe damage to his right ankle after a vicious high-side in qualifying for the Indianapolis GP last Saturday. The reigning champion was advised by specialists that it was a priority he undergoes an operation to repair the torn ligaments.

The number of races that Stoner is set to miss is unknown and all depends on the success of his surgery in Australia next week.

In a Repsol Honda statement, Stoner said:

"I'm hugely disappointed for my team and all the guys around me. We've been waiting since Indianapolis for my doctor in Australia to receive the discs of the MRI scan and x-rays to fully understand the situation.

"The doctors in America were fantastic but I needed a specialist to study them and give me his report and explain exactly what's gone wrong. We were hoping that once they had seen the scans that it wouldn't be as bad as I first suspected and that we could race here, but in fact it was the opposite and a lot worse than first expected.

"We only found out at lunchtime today that it was game over but it seems this is our only option at this point. We don't have a timescale for my return yet - it depends on the surgery and how fast I can recover. We still have a season to complete and this isn't just me giving up, I want to get back to racing as soon as possible. I have a job to do and a career to see through to the end and for it to finish like this would be a disaster, so I'll be back as soon as I can to take part in as many races as I can before the end of the season."


The fight for the title will now be contested between Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa. In the pre-race press conference at Brno, the pair rued the sidelining of their Australian rival, despite it removing one challenger for their championship hopes.


"Obviously it's bad news, especially for my team and for me," said Repsol Honda team-mate Pedrosa. "Casey and me always push each other in every session. Being along in the team, I have to push all I can."

Lorenzo, who currently leads the championship leader by 18 points, said: "Casey is a very tough competitor for me and for Dani, so without him the next races will not be the same. For sure it will be easier for both of us to win races because Casey is always there; he's very fast and very competitive."



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