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GP Week : Issue 40
>>Moto GPnews Simoncelli training crash puts season start in shade DEFENDING 250 champion Marco Simoncelli has put a question mark over his season to come, after fracturing his wrist in a motocross training tumble at the same impromptu circuit at a quarry close to the Misano circuit, where Valentino Rossi and his coterie go to practice. The charismatic young Italian with the Jimi Hendrix hairstyle fractured the scaphoid bone in his right wrist. A slow-to-heal injury that limits throttle and brake control, right scaphoid fracture is dreaded by racers. It was returning scaphoid problems, although in his left wrist, that spoiled Stoner’s 2008 season and sent him back to the surgeon. According to an Italian web- site, Simoncelli’s injury was diagnosed in hospital at Modena, and treated by GP medico Dr Claudio Costa. No surgery was required, and Costa did not rule Simoncelli out of the opening round at Qatar next weekend. In typical style, Costa said: “Whether Marco rides at Qatar Images used in GPWEEK are shot by the photo-artists at Sutton Images. Posters available of any shot – CLICK HERE for more information depends not on his wrist but on his will to ride.” The Metis Gilera rider was doubtful for special 250 tests at Qatar this Monday and Tuesday, and will be short of his best form for at least the first race and perhaps longer, giving rival Alvaro Bautista a valuable window of opportunity. At the same time, Hector Barbera has been given a clean bill of health for the tests and the race to come, posing an additional threat to Simoncelli’s defence of the last-ever 250 title. Interested in Aussie V8 Supercars? CLICK HERE to access Australasian Motorsport eNews ... 21