Casey Stoner says he is unsure as to whether he will line up on the grid for the Indianapolis Grand Prix after injuring his ankle in an accident during qualifying.
Stoner crashed spectacularly within the first ten minutes of the session after high-siding on the exit of turn 13, the Australian proceeding to land heavily on his feet.
Taken to the Medical Centre for checks before being transferred to the local hospital for further consultation, Repsol Honda have confirmed Stoner has suffered 'several small chipped bone fractures, a 10mm fracture on the talar dome below the tibia and fibula, contusions to the anterior tibia, posterior tibia and medial malleolus, and soft tissue swelling around the ankle.
He has also torn his deltoid, anterior talofibial, calcaneal and fibular ligaments in addition to a high ankle sprain'.
Despite the extent of the injuries, Stoner has been given the green light to race if he feels able to, but the man himself admits he is uncertain as to whether he will take the risk.
"It's the first time in my career that I haven't been able to get up and walk away from an accident myself,” Stoner, who was still classified sixth on the grid, said.
“As soon as I stood up, I looked down and saw my foot was at a strange angle to my leg. I had a shooting pain in my lower leg, then I felt a crack as my ankle popped back in. It was very painful and I was sure I had broken something.
“The local staff at the circuit Medical Centre were all very helpful and after taking some initial x-rays they agreed I should go to hospital for further checks. The team that looked after me at the Methodist Hospital were fantastic, so professional, attentive and incredibly helpful, I'd like to thank them all for taking good care of me.
“They confirmed that I had some chipped bone around my ankle and a small fracture, but I was concerned about the damage done to any ligaments so we did an MRI scan. This showed that I had torn almost every ligament in my ankle and heavily bruised my tibia.
“I need to see how I feel tomorrow morning to understand if I'm able to race. I am really disappointed as I felt we had the package for pole in this race and a strong chance for the win.