18 Feb 2009

Stoner in doubt for MotoGP season

6:09 am on 18 February 2009

The Australian motorcyclist Casey Stoner admits his MotoGP season is in serious doubt due to continual pain in his wrist.

The 2007 world champion says that unless the wrist improves over the next fortnight his ability to contest the series will be under a cloud.

Stoner underwent an operation on his wrist last November to repair an old injury but he says his movement is still severely hampered.

Remarkably he set the fastest lap times in the first official test series at Sepang in Malaysia recently.

But it was done under duress and Stoner says if the problem hasn't improved by the time of next month's test in Qatar there will be a question mark over his year.