Rossi has surgery on his shoulder

Valentino Rossi, Ducati pilot

Ducati pilot Valentino Rossi underwent arthroscopic surgery on his recalcitrant left shoulder on November 14.  The joint, which had been injured in an April training accident, bothered him for most of the 2010 campaign.  He blamed his relative ineffectiveness after coming back from the compound fracture of his leg, suffered in practice at Mugello, on the shoulder injury, while barely complaining at all about his leg.  Rehab is expected to take 90 days, which puts his return to competitive testing in mid-February.

It remains to be seen whether the engineers at Ducati can perform surgery on the bike’s front fork in time for Rossi’s return to racing.  His results from two days of testing at Valencia this month were disappointing, to everyone except perhaps Casey Stoner, who must be thinking to himself, “Alright, DOCTOR, let’s see YOU ride this bitch!”

Stoner must be elated with his decision to defect from Ducati to the Repsol Honda team, as he wasted no time in Valencia becoming the fastest rider on the grid.  Compared to wrestling the Desmosedici, controlling the throttle on the Honda must be a day at the beach.  Spies and Lorenzo have been forewarned.

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