Iannone decides against shoulder surgery


Ducati rider Andrea Iannone has revealed he will no longer undergo shoulder surgery during the off-season.

The Italian had been expected to go under the knife following the final race of the MotoGP season in Valencia, after twice dislocating his left shoulder.

However, a statement on MotoGP's official website confirmed he will instead receive treatment "aimed at strengthening the muscles of the affected area over the next few months".

Iannone said: "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."

Iannone will be present for Ducati's final test of the year, in Jerez on November 27.