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Lorenzo shrugs off broken ankle

Jorge Lorenzo
Lorenzo is second in the MotoGP championship standings

Jorge Lorenzo will race at this weekend's French MotoGP after recovering from injuries sustained during the last round in China.

The 21-year-old Yamaha rider finished fourth in the Chinese Grand Prix despite crashing in practice.

Further examination revealed the Spaniard fractured his right ankle and damaged ligaments in the left.

But Lorenzo's doctor Xavier Mir said: "Jorge's pain threshold will allow him to compete without too much risk."

Lorenzo will continue to have physiotherapy on the two joints, which will remain immobilised before he takes to the track for the first free practice at Le Mans on Friday morning.

In the previous three races of his debut season in MotoGP, Lorenzo had managed three pole positions and three podium finishes.

His failure to reach podium in China saw him slip to second place in the championship standings, seven points behind compatriot and rival Dani Pedrosa.

see also
Steve Parrish's MotoGP column
15 May 08 |  Motorbikes
Fresh injury setback for Lorenzo
08 May 08 |  Motorbikes
Lorenzo battles back
06 May 08 |  Motorbikes
MotoGP world championship
04 May 08 |  Motorbikes
Rossi storms to victory in China
04 May 08 |  Motorbikes
Lorenzo injures ankle in practice
02 May 08 |  Motorbikes
Lorenzo undergoes arm operation
15 Apr 08 |  Motorbikes
MotoGP on the BBC
13 Apr 08 |  Motorbikes

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