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Lorenzo leaves arm problem behind en route to China

Lorenzo leaves arm problem behind en route to China

MotoGP leader Jorge Lorenzo had his celebrations following his maiden victory brought to an abrupt halt earlier this month, but feels that he is in top condition for round four in China.

The Fiat Yamaha rookie underwent surgery on a compartmental syndrome in his arm the day after taking the win in Portugal, but does not expect to encounter difficulties as he looks to maintain his championship lead. He will turn 21 on race day in Shanghai, and would be able to celebrate in more comfortable style were he to continue his astounding form.

`Each day I am feeling better after my operation; I feel great and I think the recovery is going very well, without problems,´ says Lorenzo. `I am going to China in perfect shape.´

Exactly how long the injury had been affecting the 250cc World Champion is unknown, but the severity of the condition in the right arm was deemed to be enough to merit an early operation. Whilst this may have curtailed Lorenzo´s elation, he made the decision looking at the bigger picture.

`The victory in Portugal was like a big present that I had never expected, but in a way it wasn´t a perfect victory because I couldn´t enjoy it so much. The pain in my arms changed the celebration but I believe the most important thing is to make sure I am fit for the future.´

`I am calm because I am realising a dream and for me the target for the season has already been reached. Now we must continue to work like this and I have to concentrate on the next race.´

MotoGP, 2008, Jorge Lorenzo, Fiat Yamaha Team

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