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McCoy reluctantly makes way for Bayle in Le Mans
Garry McCoy has pulled out of the Polini Grand Prix de France and will be replaced by Jean Michel Bayle. The Australian has failed to recover from a broken leg sustained in preseason testing and despite contesting the first three races of the season he has today announced that he is not comfortable riding the Yamaha YZR500 and will miss the Le Mans race on Sunday.`I am disappointed and frustrated but the leg has not healed and I think it is time to rest,´ said McCoy. `I had a medical in Paris and was given the green light to ride but having spoken to the doctors today it is just not worth it. Hopefully I will be back for Mugello but we will just have to wait and see what happens over the next couple of weeks.´ Team Manager Peter Clifford moved swiftly to replace McCoy with Bayle, who tested with the team in Mugello last week. The Frenchman, regarded by many to be one of the most naturally gifted riders of his generation, made his debut on a 250cc Honda back in 1992 and moved up to the 500cc class in 1996. His last Grand Prix appearance was at Catalunya in 1999 when he failed to finish the race after qualifying in fifth.
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