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The Injury List

The Injury List

The Injury List

With a run of three consecutive Grands Prix ahead of the World Championship's teams and riders, no-one can afford to make a false move. Unfortunately, as always, there are a small number of riders either sidelined through injuries or walking wounded at this important stage of the season, with the more severely hurt potentially missing races in Catalunya, Assen and Donington Park.

MotoGP sees its riders in remarkably good shape, with all 19 riders set to race at the Gran Premi Cinzano de Catalunya. There are mild concerns over Australian sensation Casey Stoner after his spectacular crash at Mugello and complaint of a sore neck immediately after, although the LCR rider is sure to brave through any pain on his quest for Championship points.

The 250cc category has experienced a number of changes in the past few weeks, due to a combination of rider changes and a spate of injuries. The big news from the category this week has been the arm injury suffered by Hector Barbera whilst mountain biking in the Alcoy hills, putting him out of his home Grand Prix at Montmelo and also the A-Style TT Assen.

German rider Dirk Heidholf was already absent from the Gran Premio d'Italia Alice after undergoing surgery on his right scaphoid, damaged in a private practice crash at home circuit Sachsenring. The Kiefer BOS Racing man hopes to be back for the race at the German track next month, although hasn't yet ruled out a return before then.

Taro Sekiguchi, plagued by bad luck and recovering from his second leg break in successive seasons, has his return pencilled in for the Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland next month.

125cc World Champion Thomas Luthi was a doubt for the Gran Premio d'Italia Alice after a reoccurrence of his pre-season collarbone injury. The Swiss eventually rode at Mugello and put in a strong performance to earn valuable points. Barring any further setbacks, Luthi seems a sure bet to be on the track in Montmelo this weekend.

Michele Danese is still out after suffering a fractured vertebrae in Istanbul, whilst Stefano Bianco has been absent since Jerez.


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