Stoner to ride at Brno...

...despite having this swollen ankle that he revealed on Twitter

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Submitted by rgo on Wed, 22/08/2012 - 09:40

CASEY STONER has proven his determination after finishing a brave fourth after injuring himself at Indianapolis and will race at Brno, despite having a swollen ankle.

The reigning champion posted the pictures on Twitter saying: "Still isn't looking too good at this stage."

Stoner crashed out of qualifying with a vicious high-side. The Repsol Honda rider sustained multiple injuries, amongst them torn ligaments, bone damage and fractures.

He was still able to make the grid, wearing a larger Alpinestars boot to accomodate his swollen ankle, and finished in a heroic fourth place at Indianapolis, missing out on a podium finish as Andrea Dovizioso capitalised on Stoner's diminishing performance as his pain killing medication wore off.

Stoner will ride at Brno and gauge his fitness on Friday. However, it is still uncertain whether he will require surgery. His specialist in Australia is currently reviewing the results of the MRI scan.

In the Repsol Honda press release, Stoner said: "I'm not feeling too optimistic for Brno after a tough weekend in Indy. The crash in qualifying last week has left me with a serious problem in my ankle and we were fortunate that Indy was a left hand circuit, so a lot of the weight was off it but we still had changes of direction which hurt a lot.

"In Brno there are many changes in direction and a lot of right hand corners so there will be a lot of weight on my ankle and it's going to be very difficult. It's a shame as Brno is a circuit that I usually enjoy due to it's fast and flowing nature, so I'll be resting as much as possible this week and wait to see how we feel when we get on track on Friday."

With seven rounds remaining he is still within reach of Jorge Lorenzo at the top of the championship table. The Yamaha rider did not take a full 25 points at Indy and Stoner now sits 39 points adrift of him.

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