Stoner Confirms Comeback at Estoril

After one and a half months of absence, former world champion Casey Stoner will return to MotoGP action during this weekend's Portuguese Grand Prix, at Estoril. The Australian rider was confirmed by Ducati for this weekend's race, as he has successfully managed to recover from the fatigue-related problems following this season's Catalonia Grand Prix.

Due to his long absence from the sport – 3 rounds – the Australian has now dropped to 4th overall in the riders classification. However, that seems to be the last problem on Stoner's mind, as the 2007 MotoGP champion will try to get his body fit to riding at full speed during the course of an entire weekend.

I’m definitely looking forward to the race weekend. Having three races off is the biggest period away from racing in my life. It was very difficult to accept the advice of the doctors to stop racing. In the past I have raced even when injured, like in the last few races of the 2008 season when my wrist was broken, but this time it was really not possible and of course I felt very sorry for the team,” said Stoner in a preview for the Portuguese GP.

Now I’m looking forward to getting back together with the team and everyone and I hope I’ll be able to be more competitive than I was in the past, but we will have to wait and see. The doctors have put me on some salt tablets to increase my sodium levels but we will have to see if it helps. We will understand more during the weekend.”

Of course it’s going to be difficult: at first we won’t know if it will work because I’ve been off the bike so long that in any case my muscles will take some time to get race fit again. But, as I said, I’m looking forward to getting back and to starting work on the bike, looking towards the future,” concluded the Australian rider.
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