Ducati MotoGP rider Andrea Iannone has opted against having surgery on his injured shoulder.
The Italian was scheduled to go under the knife on Tuesday after dislocating his shoulder during testing at Mugello in May, and again during training in September.
Iannone always planned on having surgery in the post-season, but has now had second thoughts following a consultation with a doctor.
"I have taken my decision in the last few hours," Iannone confirmed. "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 placed fifth in this year's MotoGP Championship, achieving three podium finished and outscoring team-mate Andrea Dovizioso by 26 points.