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Locatelli pencilled in for miraculous Le Mans return

Locatelli pencilled in for miraculous Le Mans return

In what would be nothing short of a miracle recovery, coming less than two months after suffering serious injuries in a high speed crash at the Gran Premio bwin.com de Jerez, 250cc rider Roberto Locatelli's name has been put forward for participation in this weekend's Alice Grand Prix de France.

In what would be nothing short of a miracle recovery, coming less than two months after suffering serious injuries in a high speed crash at the Gran Premio bwin.com de Jerez, 250cc rider Roberto Locatelli's name has been put forward for participation in this weekend's Alice Grand Prix de France.

The popular Italian experienced numerous injuries in the crash, and has spent an arduous seven weeks undergoing operations and rehabilitation programs under heavy medication. A plaster cast on his left ankle –where Locatelli received the most immediate of his operations following the incident- is likely to be removed either today or tomorrow, and from then on it will be up to thorough medical examination to assess whether he will be given the all-clear to ride at Le Mans.

In the past two weeks the former 125cc World Champion has been walking with the aid of crutches, although the difference between this and riding a 250cc machine alongside the best quarter litre riders in the world is a great one.

Told by the head of Clinica Mobile, Doctor Claudio Costa, that an ambitious return would perhaps be possible at next month's race at Mugello, Locatelli first made his intentions to ride fifteen days earlier than planned known in a statement on his official website. "You'll probably think I'm mad!" he wrote. "Well, after all that happened to me, I think that's probably right, but racing is my life and, although my health state is still precarious, I feel I'm recovering quickly. That's why I think that, with my physiotherapists Chionne and Redaelli's help, that of the Mobile Clinic and all the people's love, maybe I'll be able to get on my Gilera 250cc."

If Locatelli were to return to action this weekend, it would be one of the most remarkable comebacks in the history of the World Championship. The Metis Gilera rider has no doubt that such a feat is possible, and fully expects to be lining up on the grid this Sunday. "I'll be on track to ride my 250cc bike: I count on it!" he stated.

Tags:
250cc, 2007, ALICE GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE, Roberto Locatelli

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