The team released a short press release that simply stated, “Casey Stoner will leave Brno this evening for Australia after his doctors advised him to have surgery on his damaged ankle.”
The Australian, due to retire at the end of the season, will be available to talk to the media this afternoon in the Czech Republic. Typically it takes a number of weeks to recover from surgery and even though there is a three week gap between the Czech and San Marino Grand Prix it is possible that Stoner will miss more than one race.
During the week Casey posted this picture of his battered on Twitter with a simple comment of, “still not looking good at this stage.”
Stoner trails Jorge Lorenzo by 39 points and with the consistent Spaniard likely to finish on the rostrum again this weekend it is clear that Stoner’s title challenge ground to a halt with his spectcular Indy off.
Stoner’s decision means that Dani Pedrosa will now be the sole focus of Repsol Honda’s championship assault and the diminutive Spaniard, who recently recieved a contract extension, now needs to maintain his momentum following his victory in Indianapolis.