SYDNEY: Young Australian rider Casey Stoner, promoted to this season's world MotoGP championship from the 250cc class, has undergone shoulder surgery but insists he will be fit for the first race of the year.
The highly-touted Stoner made impressive gains in pre-season testing, but was forced to have the surgery to repair a frayed tendon after it flared up at a session in Malaysia.
He was released from hospital yesterday and was relieved it went well.
“This is brilliant, very positive news and without any complications. I'm planning to be at Jerez to ride with the LCR Honda team in the first GP,” said the 20-year-old.
“I won't be 100% fit for the first race because I'll miss some testing and training but I'm looking forward to going racing.
“I was prepared for the worst after the first medical check last week, perhaps being out for a couple months, but the tendon did not need any stitches.”
Stoner was signed to race a factory Honda V5 by the Italian LCR team in his rookie MotoGP season after winning five GPs and finishing runner-up in the 250cc championship last year. – AFP