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Byrne out for the season

Byrne out for the season

Byrne out for the season

Shane Byrne has been ruled out for the rest of the MotoGP season after x-rays on his injured wrist revealed a broken bone and tendon and ligament damage. Byrne dislocated his wrist in a practice crash at Brno five weeks ago but bravely rode to thirteenth place in the Camel Grand Prix of Japan last weekend.

However, consultation with a specialist on his return to the UK suggested that the injury could be worse than first thought and the 26-year-old's fears were confirmed by Doctor Costa on a visit to his Imola clinic on Saturday.

"The main problem is the fact that my scaphoid bone has basically moved and spun around 180 degrees but in doing so has torn all the ligaments and tendons connected to it," explained Byrne, who will return to Italy on Wednesday to undergo surgery.

"There's a couple of other little problems but they'll be sorted during the operation. It's not all doom and gloom though, everything should be sorted in five to six weeks time and shortly after I'll be full gas with the physio and ready for winter testing.

"Obviously I'm gutted about not being able to race again this season but it's more important to be 100% ready for next year than to race at 60% like I did in Japan.

"Dr Costa paid me a massive compliment about Japan by saying for sure thirteenth was a bigger achievement in my condition than the win by Tamada, so he and everyone involved with him know how much effort I put in in Japan."

MotoGP, 2004

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