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Byrne recovering from broken hand

Byrne recovering from broken hand

Byrne recovering from broken hand

The Clinica Mobile staff dealt with their first significant MotoGP injury at the Le Mans circuit in France today even before the action had got underway, rookie Shane Byrne dropping in for treatment on a broken bone in his hand.

The British Superbike Champion sustained the injury when he crashed out of the wet race in Spain two weeks ago but insisted he would be giving 100% this weekend.

"I'm not sure how it will react because the broken bone is just below my main braking finger and that could be awkward at a circuit with so many hard stopping zones," commented Byrne. "But once I get my gloves on and get out on the track I'm sure I won't think about it – I'm just desperate to score more points."

Byrne missed out on a major points haul at Jerez, crashing out whilst trying to match his form in the wet morning practice when he was fifth fastest, but was in typically philosophical mood as he looked back on the incident.

"It was frustrating but at the same time it's just another race and I don't want to get worked up about it," he commented. "I was hopeful of a good result and it was so nice to be in a top position as opposed to scrapping for a solitary point, but it wasn't to be.

"Now I just want to get out there and see how my hand is. I sat on the bike today and tried pulling the brake lever and the fracture was flexing open, so it is obviously very sore but Dr Costa says I can ride if I want to so I'll be out there!"

Tags:
MotoGP, 2004, GRAND PRIX POLINI DE FRANCE

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