Factory Teams are set for 2013-4, Stoner to go back to Australia to receive surgery
It seems that the factory teams in motoGP will not be changed concerning riders, up to 2014. All riders have found shelter and the factory teams should not make any changes in motoGP up to 2014.
DucatiĘs announcement for a two years contract with Andrea Dovizioso was the last of the blank spaces that a riderĘs name could have been written on for the following two years. Nicky Hayden is the only rider who is committed with a contract up to 2013, although his teammate will be Andrea Dovizioso, not Valentino Rossi who will be riding a Yamaha.
Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi on the Yamahas, Dani Pedrosa-Marc Marquez on the Repsol Hondas and Nicky Hayden-Andrea Dovizioso on the Ducatis are the final Team-rider names. Bradley Smith will replace Dovizioso on the Tech 3 Yamaha, while Stefan Bradl will still be riding for LCR Honda.
At the meantime, Casey Stoner will leave Brno this evening for Australia after his doctors advised him to have surgery on his damaged ankle to avoid any permanent injury. He confirmed in a press conference this afternoon that he currently has no idea what the recovery time may be once he has had the surgery early next week.
He said: “…the best thing to do would be to get back and have surgery as soon as possible, so that gives us the quickest recovery rate before the end of the season, and hopefully we can get back.” The Repsol Honda rider stated that he hopes to be back for his home race in Philip Island in late October, yet said that nothing could be confirmed until the surgery has taken place: “I believe I can be back before Phillip Island. It really does depend on the surgery, how they [the doctors] see it. Hopefully they can get me back on track as soon as possible and at least IĘll get a few races before the end of the season. Again, it might not depend on what the doctors say.” Stoner also sighted his severe disappointment at the injury, which he believes has put paid to his championship chances: “IĘve lost championships before, so we know what itĘs like. WeĘre pretty much out of it, even going into this weekend. But now that weĘre not competing itĘs done and dusted. Very frustrating, but life goes on.”