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Painful start for the Kawasaki boys

Painful start for the Kawasaki boys

Painful start for the Kawasaki boys

Kawasaki Racing riders Shinya Nakano and Alex Hofmann had a painful first day of practice at the Ricardo Tormo circuit. After suffering two crashes in the first session, Nakano only clocked up 10 laps in the afternoon before being forced to undergo treatment on his left hand. The Japanese rider had crashed for the first time when he collided with Loris Capirossi at the beginning of the first session, and then suffered a high-side later on.

"I stopped early today to have further treatment and preserve my condition for Sunday's race, there are still two days to go," said Nakano. "I rode with painkillers and they did a good job, but after 10 laps I felt some sharp pain in the back of my hand, it was difficult to control the clutch during downshifts and braking. In the first crash Loris was already sliding when he pushed me off, and then I had a high-side and injured my hand. It is not a good start to the weekend, but I hope to recover some strength in my hand and be ready to race."

His team-mate Alex Hofmann was back aboard his Ninja ZX-RR having made a rapid recovery from a complicated ankle injury he sustained in the race held at Motegi in Japan earlier in the year.

"It feels good to be back in MotoGP and I'm a little surprised that I have made it back so soon after the injuries at Motegi - no doctors thought this was possible," explained Hofmann. "I'm feeling a little pain and restricted movement in my left ankle, but it's acceptable, and I did not want to use painkillers and lose any feeling. Speed-wise I'm quite happy to be just 1.3s off the best time after being away for seven weeks, but for sure I'm not in 100% condition - either physically or mentally. When you are away you realise it takes time to adjust to the speed of these bikes."

MotoGP, 2005, G. P. DE LA COMUNITAT VALENCIANA, Kawasaki Racing Team

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