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GP Week : Issue 73
The pre-season is always fraught with danger ... especially when it is as long as this one has been, with so few chances to ride proper racing bikes. The extended down time meant there was even more chance for GP riders to ruin the year ahead -- by falling off a bicycle. Or a motocross bike, perhaps. Or even a ladder, come to that. Any one of them will serve to break a fragile wrist, or derange a knee. The derangement is more than merely physical. These injuries generally ruin a rider's title chances before the contest has even begun. And spoil the championship for the fans. So far, with final tests not completed, and four weeks to go before the first green 'Go' of the year lights the darkness at Qatar, this problem has struck at least one leading player -- Jorge Lorenzo. He missed the second test in Malaysia, and is doubtful for the third and final test, at Qatar at the end of this week. He will start the season weaker, both physically and mentally. There was precious little time to get tuned in to the new 2010 Fiat Yamaha, and he's missed most of it. History shows this apparently minor disadvantage can prove disproportionately costly. Jorge's tumble was at least off a motorcycle ... he was motocrossing, a popular racers' pastime, for fitness and sharpening the reflexes, and also pleasure. Got to get some saddle time, and they're not allowed to ride their proper racers, after all. He hooked his right thumb out of joint, and sustained a small fracture. This was on February 10, and he immediately had a titanium plate inserted to speed recovery. Even so, this is a tricky sort of injury to a part of the AS EASY AS FALLING OFF A BICYCLE MotoGP dangerous? That's if you get through the pre-season! MICHAEL SCOTT follows the fortunes of Yamaha star Jorge Lorenzo ... 35 Moto GP FEATURE >>