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Cárdenas determined to be fit for Mugello

Cárdenas determined to be fit for Mugello

Cárdenas determined to be fit for Mugello

Columbian Aprilia Germany rider Martin Cárdenas will be fit in time to race in the Gran Premio Alice de Italia in Mugello after making a speedy recovery from a hand injury he sustained at Shanghai.

Cárdenas has been out of action since displacing a bone in his hand during the second day of practice sessions at Shanghai and had to sit-out both the Chinese and the French GPs, although it was initially thought he would be fit for Le Mans.

Cárdenas underwent hand-surgery last week in Columbia and has had several sessions of rehabilitation to speed up his recovery time.

"After China they told us that nothing was broken and, therefore, he started the physiotherapy sessions, but the pain did not subside, explained manager Dani Devahive.

When it was finally decided that Cárdenas would not participate in the French GP, the team brought in KTM rider Anthony West to substitute. The Australian agreed to undertake the challenge while he waits for his Austrian factory to finish building own 250cc machine.

"Three of four days before going to Le Mans, we went to the Clínica Dexeus in Barcelona and they confirmed that the bone was fractured and displaced and needed to be operated on urgently. He flew to Columbia almost immediately to have the surgery," Said Devahive.

Cárdenas is excited about getting back to the racetrack and, according to his manager, the injury will not affect his performance in the World Championship.

"Martín is a boy with a lot of morale, this incident has not changed that. He is keen to return to Barcelona and start racing as soon as possible.

"Things were tough in Jerez because of technical problems. In Portugal he managed to finish in the points in fifteenth position. In China we had high hopes as he was performing well, even with the rain."

With his result in Portugal, Cárdenas – who is the current Spanish Supersport Champion – became the second ever Columbian rider to score a point in a World Championship GP.

250cc, 2005

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