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Ranseder explains painful but successful race

Ranseder explains painful but successful race

With a ride straight out of the Marco Melandri school of hard knocks, Michael Ranseder had one of the better results of his season in the 125cc class on Sunday despite participating with a broken foot.

With a ride straight out of the Marco Melandri school of hard knocks, Michael Ranseder had one of the better results of his season in the 125cc class on Sunday despite participating with a broken foot.

The Austrian youngster, who incurred the injury as a result of a huge highside on Saturday morning at Motegi, was forced to start from 21st on the grid after failing to appear for the second qualifying session on the same afternoon, but battled up through the field to take 9th in a rain-affected race.

His participation had been a doubt overnight on Saturday, with the Sunday warm up used to test his condition before getting the all-clear to ride through the pain barrier.

´I´m really happy with the result, said Ranseder after the race. It didn´t come that easily though, the broken foot was quite painful at times, but all worked out well for us.´

Team Manager Aki Ajo also paid tribute to his gutsy charge, adding: ´Michael rode a great race, the result is really good as he has the broken foot and all, so it was an intelligent and strong ride.´

Tags:
125cc, 2007, A-STYLE GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN, Michael Ranseder

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