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Stoner expecting return to full training in under three months

Stoner expecting return to full training in under three months

In attendance at Jerez, Australian reviews bone graft surgery on scaphoid injury.

Ducati rider Casey Stoner was present in his team´s garage on Wednesday afternoon in Jerez, although the Australian is a long way away from participating in any Official Test activity after surgery on his left wrist. Stoner flew into southern Spain to aid new teammate Nicky Hayden and the Ducati crew with their development of the Desmosedici GP9, used by all of the Italian factory´s riders on the opening day of the test.

Stoner arrived from Modena, Italy, where he had undertaken an X-ray to assess his recovery after the operation carried out a fortnight ago. The grizzly details of the scaphoid fracture, a `reoccurrence´ of a previous injury, were made apparent when doctors performed the surgery, with Stoner explaining that a bone graft had to be taken from his hip during the procedure.

`There was a bit of bone that had been floating around in there for a while, and the Doctor could just pull it out –that´s how loose it was,´ said the 22 year-old, who is still around two weeks away from being able to start light training.

When the 2007 MotoGP World Champion is able to throw himself back into full training, the workload will be an intensive one. That is likely to come in 2.5/3 month´s time, with a lot of catching up to do before the first test of 2009.

`I´m 99% certain that I will be riding at Sepang, although I doubt that it would be at full fitness,´ Stoner admits, although some pressure has been taken off his shoulders by the sharing of developmental duties.

`This is probably the longest period I´ve gone without riding a bike at all since I was three years old! It is good to watch the bikes on track together with my engineers and then speak about it with Filippo (Preziosi) and Nicky, to share our feelings and see what we can do to improve our machine for next season.

`We´re not going to change a heck of a lot with the bike; we´ll wait on Nicky and the others for information and there´s not too much that a small factory like us can change anyway. In Valencia myself and Nicky were both fastest on two different days in different conditions, so that shows that we´ve got a good bike already.´

MotoGP, 2008, Casey Stoner, Ducati Marlboro Team

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