Casey Stoner, having the best start to a MotoGP season in his career, is suffering from an injury despite a couple of fantastic wins.
Stoner won the Portuguese MotoGP today, his second consecutive victory, and now has a one-point lead at the top of the title ladder.
The 26-year-old has something called arm pump, an injury where nerves have become trapped and as a result, numb the hand.
In his sixth season, Stoner now also has a third place finish to go with the two wins, similar to the way he began his 2007 campaign, the year in which he won the title.
Stoner described himself as fortunate to have won the race.
“I wasn't feeling good or comfortable and I had a bit of arm pump. I was lucky to hold on and win,” he said.
The 2010 world champ on a Yamaha, Spain’s Jorge Lorenzo, came second. Stoner’s Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa, who finished third, became just the seventh rider in history to reach 100 podium finishes.
"To be honest I only ever expected to be at best second," said Lorenzo.
"We had a lot of problems in practice and we were losing time every lap in the straight. Stoner was very strong."
The win comes after rumours circulated last week about a possible retirement due to Stoner recently becoming a father.
While that likely happen anytime soon, but Stoner has admitted that he doesn’t plan on riding into his 30s, although his upcoming contract expiration won’t influence such a decision.