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Fabrizio gets bitten by the Cube

Fabrizio gets bitten by the Cube

Fabrizio gets bitten by the Cube

Michel Fabrizio had a disappointing and painful end to his first race with the Aprilia MS team at the Grande Premio Marlboro de Portugal on Sunday. With regular rider Shane Byrne expected to be fit for the next round at Motegi in two weeks' time, Fabrizio had been hoping to claim a top fifteen finish in the one-off race with the Italian factory.

However, the promising 19-year-old was forced to retire after 11 laps having suffered a severe impact to his arms early in the race after a first lap wheelie sent the notoriously powerful RS Cube into a violent weave.

"I'm very disappointed," said Fabrizio, who was taken for precautionary checks in the circuit's medical centre, where doctors confirmed he had not suffered any serious injury. "On the first lap I had a big wheelie accelerating hard and when the bike came down, the handlebars went into a violent shake.

"It was a big shock on my arms and wrists and after a few laps I was struggling to hold on. This is not how I wanted to finish my first ride for Aprilia. I have to say a big thanks to Aprilia and the team for this great opportunity, and hopefully it won't be my last. I have learned a lot and enjoyed the experience, if not the result."

Tags:
MotoGP, 2004, GRANDE PREMIO MARLBORO DE PORTUGAL

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