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GP Week : Issue 88
Casey Stoner made as light as he possible of his new-found arm-pump problem. But the 24 year-old 2006 World Champion has every reason to worry. This fickle and hard-to-treat condition -- medically "chronic exertional compartment syndrome" -- generally afflicts the all-important right forearm hand and is a racer's nightmare. Casey is far from alone. Several riders -- including Hayden, Lorenzo and Elias -- have had surgery for this condition in the last 24 months. But it is a new problem for the Australian. "Silverstone was the first time," he said. He put it down to a new undersuit that was a touch too tight on the arms. When it struck again at Assen, he put that down to the shortage of recovery time. "The day after Silverstone my arm was sore. I thought it'd be 100 percent here, but after three laps on the first day I was feeling some problems." He'd kept his practice laps to a minimum and avoided stress as much as possible, but it got worse and worse, and prevent a full-on attack in the race. The tight schedule means he has only one day longer to recover from Saturday-race Assen until practice begins in Catalunya next Friday. Then punishingly tight Sachsenring a fortnight after that. We are likely to hear more of this vexing problem. Stoner gets pumped 42