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McWilliams rues Qatar race absence

McWilliams rues Qatar race absence

After months of intensive rehabilitation work on his injured leg with the aim of being fit for the opening race of the 2007 season, Northern Irish rider Jeremy McWilliams suffered a last minute setback that ruled him out of the Commercialbank Grand Prix Of Qatar.

After months of intensive rehabilitation work on his injured leg with the aim of being fit for the opening race of the 2007 season, Northern Irish rider Jeremy McWilliams suffered a last minute setback that ruled him out of the Commercialbank Grand Prix Of Qatar. The veteran, who makes his return to the MotoGP paddock with Ilmor GP, crashed out in yesterday's qualifying session and suffered a haematoma around the still tender limb.

McWilliams sat out the morning warmup with the intention of resting up the injury, but medical advice and intense pain despite receiving treatment led him to withdraw from the action.

"I am totally gutted that I couldn't race today," commented the 42 year old. "We made great progress on the bike at the test in Jerez and here on Thursday then we were cruelly dealt a blow yesterday - we definitely didn't need that. I've been sat watching the race today and looking at our lap times from the past few days and we would have had a good chance of scoring points today - that's very frustrating for me. The decision not to race was really hard for me but when you have a medical professional telling you that you will do more harm than good if you race then you really don't have a choice - I had to look at the bigger picture and think about Jerez. After I spoke with the doctor, I took some time out, sat in a room and tried to see what I could do with my leg and it was then that I realised there was no way that I could race."

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MotoGP, 2007, Commercialbank GRAND PRIX OF QATAR

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