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Six of the bravest: MotoGP stars racing injured

In the wake of Marc Marquez's stunning performance at the British MotoGP, just hours after dislocating his left shoulder, we look at six other heroic feats throughout the years.
By Neil Morrison

As this season has demonstrated, there are times in every professional rider's career when they have to grit their teeth and ignore what their injured body is telling them..

All three of this year's MotoGP rivals - Marc Marquez, Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo - have already done just that at least once so far this season.

Lorenzo was the first to show off incredible toughness in 2013, racing at Assen less than 48 hours after breaking and then undergoing surgery on his left collarbone, finishing fifth. He then made another early comeback at Laguna Seca after re-damaging the collarbone at the Sachsenring.

Pedrosa meanwhile had fractured his collarbone in Germany, but was also back on track the following weekend in California.

Then came Marquez's Silverstone injury, in the form of a dislocated shoulder in morning warm-up. It looked like the rookie could well miss the race, and surely surrender a chunk of his championship lead.

Instead, the shoulder was painfully popped back into place at the Medical Centre and four hours later Marquez was standing on the podium, having battled Jorge Lorenzo for victory to the final turn.

To celebrate these acts we have chosen six other examples of injured premier-class riders fighting against the odds and overcoming them…

Barry Sheene – Cadwell Park 1975 – Broken left leg and thigh, broken right wrist, forearm, collarbone, broken six ribs
Barry Sheene had always shown a particularly high pain threshold. Phil Read recalls how he was astonished when Sheene revealed he'd cracked his wrist and vertebrae in his back that day while the pair were out on the town. “You wouldn't know he'd hurt himself,” he said. Or the time Sheene sported sunglasses at a meeting to hide a bloodshot eye caused by internal haemorrhaging, acting like nothing had happened.

But the stories come no more famous than his recovery from the 175mph Daytona spill in 1975, the event that cemented his place in the British public's consciousness.

With a number of reasons still circulating why the incident happened, ranging from a blown Dunlop tyre to a wayward chain tensioner, 1975 looked to be over for Sheene as he suffered a plethora of injuries, most worryingly a smashed left leg and thigh.



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WylieCoyote

September 12, 2013 3:03 PM

I can't believe Rossi didn't make the list! I remember in 2010 he got a paper cut when signing autographs. He bravely jumped onto his bike and raced less than 4 hours later! Imagine the pain from the sweat getting into the cut whilst he was racing! Brave brave man.



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