Casey Stoner to return to MotoGP action in Japan
Last Updated: 03/10/12 4:23pm
Casey Stoner: injury has ended his chances of retaining his title
Casey Stoner has confirmed that he will return to action at the Japanese Grand Prix later this month.
The reigning MotoGP world champion has been sidelined for the last three races after sustaining a broken ankle in a crash during qualifying in Indianapolis.
The injury has ended his chances of retaining his title before retiring at the end of the season, as he trails championship leader Jorge Lorenzo by 104 points with a maximum of only 100 on offer.
But he has fulfilled his promise to return to the track in plenty of time for his final home race at Phillip Island on 28 October.
"It's been another quiet week here in Australia. I've been resting, having some physio and following doctor's orders to recover," he said.
"The good news is that I feel I can race in Motegi and will be rejoining my team next week. I can't wait."
The 26-year-old, who was replaced by Jonathan Rea for the last two races, is expected to help Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa's challenge for the world title.
Pedrosa trails fellow Spaniard Lorenzo by just 33 points with four races remaining.