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Stoner doubtful for Sepang test

Stoner doubtful for Sepang test

Stoner doubtful for Sepang test

Casey Stoner faces an anxious wait before finding out the extent of the shoulder injury that ruled him out of most of the first day of tests at Sepang on Tuesday. Stoner withdrew after twenty three laps of the Malaysian circuit, complaining of increasing discomfort in his right shoulder when changing direction on his Honda RC211V machine – a problem he believes may have been picked up during his physical training programme last week.

After an initial examination by the circuit doctors the Australian rookie was sent to hospital for x-rays, which revealed no bone damage. However, the results of further scans aimed at determining potential ligament damage will not be available until Wednesday morning, leaving Stoner uncertain as to whether he will require surgery and his participation in the remainder of the test hanging in the balance.

"I'm not sure exactly what the injury is but it became clear after a few laps that something was wrong and it just continued to get worse," explained the 20-year-old, who clocked an impressive best time of 2'03.40 despite the discomfort.

"Right now the shoulder feels a lot better, but I'm not sure how much of that is to do with the medication so I'll just try and get some rest tonight and keep my fingers crossed for tomorrow. Hopefully I'll be back on the track as soon as possible because we have a lot of work to do before the start of the season."

MotoGP, 2006, Casey Stoner

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