Casey Stoner has undergone ankle surgery in his native Australia to repair damage caused during his Indianapolis GP qualifying crash.
Reigning MotoGP champion Casey Stoner has undergone ankle surgery in his native Australia. The Repsol Honda rider injured his ankle during a qualifying crash at the Indianapolis Grand Prix. Stoner was able to race the following day, courtesy of pain injections, riding to a fourth-place finish. Afterward it the damage to his right ankle was deemed too severe to continue racing, forcing him to miss the recent Czech Grand Prix and return to Australia for surgery.
A Repsol Honda release updating Stoner’s condition states:
“Today in Australia, Repsol Honda’s Casey Stoner received surgery to his ankle, which was damaged after his crash in qualifying for the Indianapolis GP 12 days ago.
“The procedure was performed by Dr. Lam’s team in Sydney’s North Shore Private Hospital. Doctors are pleased with how the operation went, and now must wait during this initial recuperation period to see how the ankle is healing.
“With no complications or need for Casey to stay in hospital, he has returned home and the Repsol Honda Team will endeavor to share information on Casey’s recovery as it is known.”
In Stoner’s absence, his seat on the factory Honda will be filled by World Superbike rider Jonathan Rea. The Northern Irish rider is a long-time Honda pilot in the British Superbike and World Superbike series, and also won this year’s Suzuka 8 Hours riding with teammate Kosuke Akiyoshi.
Rea made his debut on the RC213V during the one-day post-race test at Brno, where he placed eighth on the timesheet. He is expected to fill in for the still recuperating Stoner at Misano.