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Van den Goorbergh moves from Supersport to MotoGP in one week

Van den Goorbergh moves from Supersport to MotoGP in one week

Van den Goorbergh moves from Supersport to MotoGP in one week

Jurgen van den Goorbergh will return to the MotoGP track this weekend to race in the Chinese GP for the Konica Minolta Honda team as a replacement for injured Japanese rider Makoto Tamada.

The Dutch rider – who has been away from the world of MotoGP for two years, while riding in Supersport – was presented with the opportunity to race in the GP after Tamada fractured his right wrist during a crash in the qualifying practice for the Portugese GP in Estoril.

Having been away from MotoGP racing for so long, he acknowledges that the mammoth Shanghai circuit could be a tough track to conquer.

"At first sight the track appeared much bigger than we could have ever expected – even from the highway," said van den Goorbergh. "For me, it's a good thing that it's new for everybody".

"Now I just have to get to know the mechanics and get to know the bike. It's not easy to do that in four hours, of-course, but I'll definitely try and do my best."

Van den Goorbergh first appeared in the 1992 World Championship after moving up from the domestic series. After six seasons in the 250cc he moved up to the premier class with Honda V2.

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