Surgery for Casey Stoner © Repsol

Reigning MotoGP World Champion Casey Stoner underwent successful surgery on his injured right ankle in his native Australia on Thursday.

The Repsol Honda rider, who suffered multiple fractures and torn ligaments in a highside crash in qualifying at the Red Bull Indianapolis GP 12 days ago, returned home last Thursday after he was forced out of the Czech Republic round.

Stoner went under the knife at North Shore Private Hospital in Sydney, and the team of doctors led by orthopaedic specialist Dr Peter Lam were pleased with how the procedure went. The 26-year-old was able to return home immediately to begin his recuperation.

The period of recovery required is still unknown and with a return date yet to be confirmed, Jonathan Rea remains on standby to fill in for the Misano and Aragón GPs. Rea tested the RC213V at Brno earlier this week and is scheduled to ride the bike again next Tuesday and Wednesday at Aragón.

Two-time world champion Stoner said last week before the surgery that he hoped to be fully fit for his home round at Phillip Island at the end of October.

'I believe I can be back before Phillip Island. It really does depend on the surgery, how they [the doctors] see it,' he said.

'Hopefully they can get me back on track as soon as possible and at least I’ll get a few races before the end of the season.'

This season is Stoner's last in MotoGP. He announced earlier in the year that he's retiring once the 2012 campaign has concluded. 

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