Stoner hopeful for Jerez
Australian Casey Stoner should make his MotoGP debut at the first round of the championship at Jerez on March 26th, despite undergoing surgery on a shoulder injury.
Stoner pulled out of the recent Sepang tests during the first day due to ligament damage cuaused by an old training injury. Specialists opted to operate, and fears that he could miss up to four months have now faded. Although he will not be at the Calunya and Jerez official tests, he should make the start of the season, following his switch from the 250cc GP class, where he finished as runner-up on an Aprilia in 2005.
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Also recovering from shoulder problems is 250cc GP debutante Jordi Carchano, who dislocated his shoulder and also has a possible muscle tear without even crashing. The young Spaniard attributed the injury to accelerating hard from a standstill on his supermotard, and will now miss the two day tests in Valencia from February 23-25, 2006.