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Tamada confirmed for Le Mans

Tamada confirmed for Le Mans

Tamada confirmed for Le Mans

After several weeks of suspense and speculation about the return of Makota Tamada to the MotoGP circuit after his accident during an Estoril practice session, it has finally been confirmed that the Japanese rider will be back at the track for the GP Alice de France, in Le Mans on Sunday.

After having surgery on his right hand several weeks ago, and several weeks of rehabilitation since, doctors have finally given Tamada the go ahead to get back on his Honda – he will be present for the very first practice session at Le Mans.

"I'm ready to get back on the track," said Tamada. "I still feel pain but I hope that day after day the situation will get better and I'm trustful that I will be able to fight for the positions that count.

"If I was not facing the opportunity to compete with the best, then I would have probably taken a different decision and maybe I would have postponed my comeback on the RC211V.

"I feel that I haven't payback the team for what they have built for me in just a few months, therefore this will give me extra energy for the rest of the season. Now we have to move on and do what we are able to do."

Tamada´s return to action means that Dutch rider Jurgen van den Goorbergh will have to sit-out the French GP after a spectacular debut in Shanghai which ended in a remarkable sixth place finish. However Konica Minolta Honda team manager Luca Montiron was optimistic about Tamada´s comeback.

"Makoto will be with us in France even if we have to remain prudent since his physical conditions still aren't the best. He has decided to try to ride his bike at least during the free practices.

"I understand him. It must have been very hard for him to see his colleagues on television two weekends ago and I think that now he has a lot of adrenaline inside of him.

"We are only at the fourth appointment of the season, but I have to admit that this season has already given us many emotions, good and bad. We passed from the exciting results achieved in the winter testing to the unlucky fall in Estoril, where we saw our dreams of victory in Portugal vanish.

All of us will continue to give our best to try to conquer as many victories as possible, this remain our objective for the season. Thanks to the support of all our partners I hope that good emotions will come back soon."

MotoGP, 2005, GRAND PRIX ALICE DE FRANCE, Makoto Tamada

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