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Arnaud Vincent diagnosed with ligament damage

Arnaud Vincent diagnosed with ligament damage

Arnaud Vincent diagnosed with ligament damage

Arnaud Vincent underwent a medical examination in France today to discover the extent of a shoulder injury he sustained in a practice crash at Valencia at the weekend. X-rays revealed that the former 125cc World Champion had not broken his collarbone, as was initially feared, and doctors believe he has merely suffered slightly torn ligament damage. Vincent is now optimistic of returning to full fitness ahead of his next scheduled session - the official 250cc tests at Barcelona starting on the 24th March – although admits he may be forced to miss out.

"The crash was my own fault," explained the Frenchman today. "I opened the gas too much on the exit of a corner and the bike started to slide. It was a shame because the test was going well up to that point. At least it wasn't a break – just a tear – so as soon as the swelling has gone down from around the ligament I will be able to begin training again. I am hopeful of being fit for the Barcelona tests although judging by the recovery time I have been given by the doctors I will just have to wait and see."

The Valencia test was Vincent's second outing on the quarter-litre machine having made his debut one month ago at the same circuit. He is set to contest his rookie season in the class with the Equipe de France – Scrab GP team alongside compatriot Gregorie Lefort.

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250cc, 2003

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