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Cardoso surprised to be Riba substitute

Cardoso surprised to be Riba substitute

Cardoso surprised to be Riba substitute

José Luis Cardoso found out at the last minute that he would be substituting Pere Riba in the Polini Grand Prix de France. Cardoso, who is lined up to ride for MuZ later this year, had travelled to Le Mans on Tuesday but had no idea that he would end up covering for his fellow Spaniard in the Antena 3 Yamaha D'Antín squad.

´Firstly I have to say that it is a shame I have got this opportunity through injury to another rider,´ said Cardoso, who returns to the team he rode for last season. `However, I appreciate the confidence the team have shown in me and I want to make the most of it. I think I have a place in this competition and I would like to demonstrate that although I know that I cannot achieve great things in one weekend´.

´It is months since I have ridden at a circuit, and the last time I rode the YZR500 was at the final race of 2001 in Brazil. So I know I have to take things steadily and try and get some sort of rhythm. Up until just a few hours ago I didn´t know I would be riding here – everything has happened very quickly´.

MotoGP, 2002, Polini Grand Prix de France

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