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Stoner shouldering the pain

Stoner shouldering the pain

Stoner shouldering the pain

Casey Stoner will fight through the pain barrier at Mugello this weekend after struggling to fully recover from the shoulder injury he sustained in a practice crash at Le Mans. The Australian youngster has spent the last three weeks receiving magnetic treatment on the torn muscle in his right shoulder at a specialist centre in Austria, but admits he has still not reached 100% fitness.

"The shoulder is still very sore and the doctors say it will be another six weeks before the muscle completely heals," commented Stoner, who set pole position at Mugello last season.

"I have been taking anti-inflammatory tablets to go with the magnetic treatment and they helped a lot, although I started to feel uncomfortable again as soon as I stopped taking them. I'll ride on Friday and see how it goes, but I certainly won't be at my peak."

Stoner's miserable luck continued this week when his motorhome broke down on the way to Mugello and the youngster added that he is hoping for better fortune when he takes to the track.

"It's typical – I had a similar run of bad luck last year when I broke my scaphoid and collarbone at around the same time of the season," said the KTM rider, who lies third in the championship. "I actually hurt the scaphoid again at Le Mans and it feels very vulnerable, so I can't afford another crash on it this weekend.

"The motorhome breaking down just tops it off really, but I'm trying to stay positive and stay focussed because this is an important time of the season. I badly want to do well in the next couple of races and stay in touch with Dovizioso and Locatelli."

125cc, 2004, GRAN PREMIO CINZANO D'ITALIA, Casey Stoner

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