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`Lucky´ Lorenzo looks forward to Le Mans

`Lucky´ Lorenzo looks forward to Le Mans

Two weeks on from taking fourth place in Shanghai, despite injuries to both ankles, Fiat Yamaha´s alchemistic rookie Jorge Lorenzo has to brave the pain once more at the Alice Grand Prix de France.

Luck is not usually a word associated with a two metre highside. Especially not one that leaves the recipient with a catalogue of injuries and the need to be lifted on and off his bike. However, rookie sensation Jorge Lorenzo is taking a positive view of an incident which, he says, could have had far worse consequences for his health and title challenge.

`I was lucky in China! If I'd have landed differently it could have ruled me out until the middle of the season and certainly prevented me from enjoying myself as much as I am in this early part of the season,´ says the Spaniard, reflecting on the crash which brought his otherwise perfect season start down to earth with both a metaphorical and literal bang.

`In China I realised the risks in this sport; as riders we have to take a lot of risks and that Sunday in Shanghai, with my emotions and my feelings, I knew I had to go through it and take risks again because my team were depending on me in the box.´

Whilst he did just that for an incredible fourth place on both the grid and in the race, Lorenzo will have to perform heroics once more at Le Mans. Chipped bones in both ankles and just a fortnight´s recovery rule out the option of full fitness, but anyone expecting the 21 year-old to be dreading a return to action would be sorely mistaken.

`I won't be at 100% for Le Mans, but my mental condition should make me strong at one of my favourite circuits and I am really looking forward to the race just the same. I know my team will help me all that they can and hopefully I will be in good enough shape to challenge strongly, as I have at the first four races. China was unfortunate, but now I have to move on!´

Lorenzo won last year´s 250cc race at the French track from pole, part of another phenomenal opening salvo of four wins from five races.

MotoGP, 2008, Jorge Lorenzo, Fiat Yamaha Team

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