Ducati MotoGP rider Andrea Iannone says he won’t undergo surgery on his shoulder injury he sustained in a testing crash at Mugello in May before the end of the season.
During a private two-day test organised by Ducati, Iannone dislocated his left shoulder in a heavy crash at the Arrabbiata 2 corner at the Italian track.
Nonetheless, the 25-year-old managed to ride to fifth place in the next round at Le Mans before securing pole position and a career-best second place on home soil at Mugello later in the month.
We'll see in what condition I finish the season, and then we'll decide. I definitely won't have surgery during the season.
More recently, however, the injury has begun to cause Iannone more discomfort – but he has ruled out undergoing surgery before the end of the season because of the three month recovery period.
"The doctors say an operation is necessary, but it would take three months to recover after surgery,” Iannone told GPOne.com.
“We'll see in what condition I finish the season, and then we'll decide. I definitely won't have surgery during the season.
“Of course, it’s different to being fine, but up to now, I have managed the situation as best I can, and I want to continue to do so.”
Iannone currently sits third in the riders’ standings ahead of this weekend’s race at Indianapolis on 118 points – four ahead of defending champion Marc Marquez and 31 clear of Ducati teammate Andrea Dovizioso.