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Fabrizio to replace Byrne in Portugal

Fabrizio to replace Byrne in Portugal

Fabrizio to replace Byrne in Portugal

Aprilia have announced that Italian youngster Michel Fabrizio will replace Shane Byrne on the RS Cube at the Grande Premio Marlboro de Portugal this weekend.

Details are unclear over Fabrizio's contractual situation with WCM, with whom he has spent the entire season so far, but after two days of private tests with the Noale factory at Mugello he was pleased to discuss the decision.

"I am really happy to get this opportunity," commented Fabrizio. "Hopefully I can do well in Portugal. They have been two intense days with the team but at least there was no language barrier to overcome for a change!

"I like the Cube a lot and I hope this is just the start. Whatever happens in the future I would like to thank Aprilia for giving me this opportunity."

Giacomo Guidotti, Chief Technician for the MS Aprilia Racing outfit, added: "The first impressions are positive - Fabrizio rode without any problems. We still haven't worked out a specific set-up, this was just an initial point of contact where we were able to explain how the bike works to the rider."

Byrne is currently recovering from a dislocated wrist and is hopeful of returning to action on the 19th September at the Camel Grand Prix of Japan. "I hope that the wrist will be OK to race at Motegi in a couple of weeks time," said Byrne.

"My wrist is still in plaster but I hope to get the cast off and start some laser treatment later this week. I was pretty beaten up after the crash and have spent some time in Spain resting-up."

Tags:
MotoGP, 2004, GRANDE PREMIO MARLBORO DE PORTUGAL

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