Andrea Iannone has decided against having surgery to repair the left shoulder he injured in a testing crash at Mugello in the middle of this year. Ducati Corse issued the following press release on the subject:
Iannone to forgo left shoulder operation so as not to jeopardize start of 2016 season
Andrea Iannone has opted not to have an operation on his left shoulder, which he injured in a crash during testing at Mugello in May, in order to be in a better physical condition for the start of next year's MotoGP season.
The decision was taken after lengthy consultation with Dr. Porcellini, and the rider from Vasto has preferred to go for treatment aimed at strengthening the muscles of the affected area over the next few months, with the aim of arriving at the first tests of 2016 in good shape.
The alternative for Iannone would have been surgery, with a minimum post-op rest period of three months before he can resume his training.
Andrea Iannone declared: “I have taken my decision in the last few hours. I didn’t have any particular problems with my shoulder in the last few races and the second part of the season was positive when it came to my form. This winter therefore, as well as my usual training, I will do specific activities to strengthen the shoulder. Probably in a few years I’ll have to have an operation, but I didn’t want to run the risk of arriving at the start of the 2016 championship still in convalescence and so I preferred to delay it and focus on winter preparation aimed at strengthening the muscle area around my left shoulder.”
As a result Andrea Iannone will now be present at the Ducati Team’s final test of this year, scheduled for the Jerez de la Frontera circuit on Friday 27 November.