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Stoner: `Surgery recovery will take time´

Stoner: `Surgery recovery will take time´

Birthday boy Casey Stoner is looking past his inevitable arm surgery to a 2009 title assault.

Facing surgery on his injured left scaphoid almost immediately after the final race of the season, 2007 MotoGP World Champion Casey Stoner is well aware of the long road back to competition that he will face after exchanging the Ducati Desmosedici for the treatment table.

Stoner has made clear his intention to take part in the final two races of the year, with his motivation the chance to test Ducati´s 2009 prototype at the post-GP testing in Valencia. The Australian knows that he faces a difficult preseason of rehabilitation, but is still setting his sights on a title challenge.

`It´s going to take us time to come back, but I think that by the time the racing starts next year we should be ready,´ says Stoner. `We believe that we will be quite strong again next year, and at least able to try and fight for the championship.´

Philosophical about the unavoidable operation, the former titlist –who today celebrates his 23rd birthday- says that the lingering injury´s emergence perhaps comes at a fortuitous time in his career.

`I think that we are quite lucky to have found it now; this season hasn´t gone the way we had planned –I´ve made a few mistakes- so it´s better that we find it now and then get ready for a better attack next year.´

MotoGP, 2008, POLINI MALAYSIAN MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX, Casey Stoner, Ducati Marlboro Team

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