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GP Week : Issue 29
>>Moto GPnews Stoner’s injury might cut short his season CASEY Stoner faces the choice of missing part of next-year’s pre-season testing season or the end of this season, as he goes under the knife to get his left wrist injury repaired. Surgery is the only solution to the shattered scaphoid bone, which he broke in 2003. It was repaired by stapling at that time, but the bone never healed, and has now started to break up again. The injury, dreaded by racers, is both painful and hard to fix. Stony-faced Stoner has given little clue to the difficulties he has faced, and refuses to blame crashes at Laguna Seca, Brno and Misano either for causing the injury, or for aggravating it. But in unguarded moments in the pits the pain has been obvious, as he grimaces. “I want to finish the season,” he said at Indy; but on the other hand persisting with the now hopeless task of defending his title might increase the problems and cause more lasting damage than he has already incurred. At the same time, he consulted famed American surgeon Art Ting at Indy, in the hope of some palliative treatment. He was told again that surgery was the only solution. Recovery time from the delicate operation, likely to involve both screwing and plating, is more than two months. If he waits until after the last round at Valencia at the end of October, he would not only miss all of Ducati’s year-end development testing of next year’s bike, but might not be at full strength when testing resumes after the winter break. 15