Casey Stoner Indy MotoGP Injury Update
Repsol Honda’s Casey Stoner underwent successful surgery Thursday in Australia. Dr. Lam performed the procedure on Stoner’s right ankle at Sydney’s North Shore Private Hospital.
Repsol Honda reports that “doctors are pleased with how the operation went, and now must wait during this initial recuperation period to see how the ankle is healing.”Stoner has returned home for recovery, and Repsol Honda says it will report on the reigning MotoGP Champions recovery.Stoner sustained the injury after he suffered a massive high side during qualifying for the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix twelve days ago, the Australian fracturing and spraining his right ankle. Although medical officials and his team recommended Stoner not race, the rider of the #1 RC213V didn’t want to lose any valuable points, and competed at Indy MotoGP.Although hurting and on meds, Stoner finished fourth, just missing the podium that consisted of race-winner and teammate Dani Pedrosa, Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha Factory Racing), and Andrea Dovizioso (Monster Tech 3 Yamaha).Stoner attempted to race the Czech Republic Grand Prix at Brno, but at the race’s press conference he reported he’s heading back to Australia for surgery, and missed the race. This decision arrived after Stoner’s doctors advised him to have surgery on his damaged ankle to avoid any permanent injury.Stoner hopes to be back before Phillip Island MotoGP, round 17 of 18, though he may miss the next three rounds at Aragon, Japan and Malaysia. During his time off, World Superbike’s Jonathan Rea will compete on the second Repsol Honda; the Northern Irishman was at Brno Monday
to perform some laps on the RC213V.Due to his injury, Stoner, who will retire after this season, is out of contention for a possible third world title.