Stoner aims for October return following surgery

Casey Stoner spoke to the media this afternoon to comment on his decision to undergo surgery on his injured ankle.

The reigning world champion suffered a spectacular highside at Indianapolis that left him with fractures to his right ankle and severe ligament damage. At a Honda press conference at the Brno Circuit  it was confirmed that Stoner will undergo surgery in the coming days following advice from doctors that a failure to do so “could lead to a permanent injury.”

The news that Stoner will miss this weekend’s Czech Grand Prix has effectively ended his title challenge and his surgery will mean that he will have a lengthy recovery period.

The Australian commented on this by saying that “my plan is to come back a race or two before Philip Island.” This would mean that the Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi, Honda’s home race, will be his likely target.

However Stoner did go on to say that “until we’ve had the surgery we won’t know [the recovery time.]”

Stoner’s crash, during qualifying at Indianapolis, was especially disappointing for the 26 year old as he admitted to having high hopes for a race won by his teammate, Dani Pedrosa.

“It’s disappointing that in Indy we had a good chance to get some points back [to Lorenzo] but now it’s finished our championship.”

Having won four Grand Prix during his swansong season in the sport it is hoped that Stoner will be back to his best for the final races of his career.

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