Stoner suffers world title blow after Australian forced out of Czech MotoGP
19:34 GMT, 23 August 2012
Casey Stoner will miss this weekend's
Czech MotoGP in Brno after being advised to return to his homeland for
surgery on the ankle he injured at Indianapolis.
The Repsol Honda rider suffered torn
ligaments and fractures to his ankle, tibia and fibula in last weekend's
practice accident but nevertheless went on to compete in the race,
finishing an impressive fourth.
Injury blow: Casey Stoner
However, Sunday's race at the twisting Brno circuit has been deemed a step too far for the Australian, who trails Jorge Lorenzo by 39 points with seven rounds remaining.
His hopes of a third world title will be severely dented by his withdrawal from this weekend's race.
“Casey Stoner will miss the bwin Czech Republic Grand Prix as he has to head back to Australia to undergo treatment on his ankle injury sustained last weekend in Indianapolis,” read a statement on the official MotoGP website.
“Stoner will leave Brno this evening for Australia after his doctors advised him to have surgery on his damaged ankle.”
Stoner, who is to retire at the end of this season, had previously voiced his fear that the round at Brno would represent a stern test of his fitness.
“I'm not feeling too optimistic for Brno after a tough weekend in Indy,” he said earlier this week.
“In Brno there are many changes in direction and a lot of right hand corners so there will be a lot of weight on my ankle and it's going to be very difficult.”