Casey Stoner ‘disappointed’ with wrist operation

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Former MotoGP world champion Casey Stoner has said he disappointed with the outcome of the left wrist operation that has still not fully recovered from.

Despite topping the timesheets on his comeback at the opening test of 2009 in Sepang, Stoner was continually plagued by niggling pain in his left wrist.

He underwent a bone graft operation on the wrist to cure a 2003 injury he aggravated during last season when he finished a distant second to Fiat Yamaha rival Valentino Rossi.

The Aussie was unhappy with a lack of movement in Sepang and he was upset that his lengthy lay-off had not seen more progress in his recovery.

Stoner, who will ride the carbon fibre chassis GP9 with Nicky Hayden in 2009, said: “I’m quite disappointed with the way things are going. 

"The doctors told me when I first saw them it would take a maximum of three months to be ready and now it is past that, so now I don’t think I’m going to take any opinions of doctors.

"We’ve tried everything, done everything and people still get it wrong so it is better than we understand that it is going to take time and I think we should we go our own way. I had to have the operation.

"I’m just disappointed that I have a scar 2.5 inches long when everyone else I’ve seen with a scaphoid injury, it is shorter. And I still have a lot of soreness in the scar tissue three months later.

"I think it is enough time for a small bone to heal, the bone itself has healed so I don’t understand why I have this problem.”

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Matthew Birt

By Matthew Birt