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Tamada pulls out of French GP and Vd. Goorbergh to step in again

Tamada pulls out of French GP and Vd. Goorbergh to step in again

Tamada pulls out of French GP and Vd. Goorbergh to step in again

Japanese Konica Minolta rider Makoto Tamada has pulled out of the Grand Prix Alice de France due to pain from the wrist injury that has plagued him since Estoril, meaning that he will be replaced once again this weekend by Dutch rider Jurgen van den Goorbergh.

It has only been a few days since the Japanese rider was declared fit for action and the Konica Minolta Honda team announced his participation in this weekend's race, but after only seven laps of today's first free practice session, the team made the decision to pull Tamada from the French GP after he experienced significant pain in his injured wrist.

Team manager Luca Montiron confirmed the news after Tamada finished his short practice session. "We knew that the first practice session would tell us if Makoto was fit enough to ride. Unfortunately, he could only complete a few laps, as his hand was still painful. So we decided to withdraw him, as we didn't want to take any risk. It's a shame, but we have to cope with it. We cannot compromise the rest of the season, so it's wiser to give him some extra time to rest."

"Jurgen will stand in for Makoto again. Having missed the first practice session, the conditions won't be ideal; it won't be an easy task for him. Anyway, we'll be striving to give him the best material we can. We hope he can do a good Grand Prix, and we are sure he can have an opportunity to shine if it rains like in Shanghai."

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

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