Stoner OUT for the Next 3 Races

Casey Stoner has lost any chance of fighting for the 2009 MotoGP title, after Ducati has today confirmed he will miss the upcoming 3 races of the ongoing season. As announced by the Italian team, the Australian rider will take until early October to recuperate from his “physical problems since the Catalunya GP, which have caused him severe fatigue during the last five races.”

Stoner's place in the Ducati works team will be taken by Pramac's Mika Kallio, while the Finn will be replaced by World Superbike rider Michel Fabrizio at Ducati's satellite team for the Brno race. From the Czech Republic GP onwards, Pramac Racing is to find another rider to replace Kallio.

After five extremely difficult races due to my health, I returned to Australia to visit the sports doctors who have looked after me for many years. We have taken the difficult decision not to contest the next three rounds of the championship, to allow my body time to recover from the recent stress,” said Stoner.

The doctors believe that during the Barcelona race I was suffering from a virus, and, that I subsequently pushed my body too hard, leading to problems that have caused my fatigue since then. The doctors are continuing with many tests to try to understand these problems and make sure it does not happen again. I have spoken with Ducati and thank them for their understanding at this time.”

I feel very sorry for the factory, my team, my sponsors and the fans and I am also disappointed because the bike in the last races has been very competitive. I will be doing everything possible to come back at full strength for Portugal,” added the Australian rider.

It’s obviously difficult for us to contemplate the next three races without Casey, but it’s clear that the most important thing at this time is his health. We have already overcome tough times together, like when he had to undergo surgery on his scaphoid towards the end of last season. We are united whether in times of success or in times of difficulty. We are confident that the doctors will help solve the issues that have affected him since early June and that Casey will be able to take part in the last races of the year in peak fitness,” concluded Ducati's team boss Livio Suppo.
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