Fabrizio out early on MotoGP return.

Shoulder pain brought an early end to Michel Fabrizio's MotoGP return in Sunday's Czech Republic MotoGP at Brno.

The Italian, third in the 2009 World Superbike Championship with one race win, returned to MotoGP for the first time since 2007 as a replacement for Mika Kallio at the satellite Pramac Ducati team.

Having been 17th and last in Friday practice at Brno, Fabrizio outpaced Gabor Talmacsi in both second practice and qualifying, when he lapped a respectable 0.877sec slower than top Ducati rider Nicky Hayden (eighth) and within half a second of team-mate Niccolo Canepa (twelfth)

But hopes of advancing further up the order in the race soon ended when a shoulder injury, apparently sustained on Friday, prompted the Italian to retire from last place on lap six.

"There isn't much to say today. After some laps I felt more and more pain on the right shoulder injured on Friday and I almost couldn't use the brake anymore,” explained Michel. “I had to stop otherwise I would have risked a fall. I have torn the right shoulder muscle and it looks like I have a golf ball under the skin. I am sorry for the Pramac Racing team that gave me this opportunity."

250GP rider Mattia Pasini will test for Pramac Ducati on Monday, while Fabrizio will return to WSBK action for Ducati Xerox at the Nurburgring on September 6.

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nitro nori - Unregistered

August 17, 2009 7:40 PM

Pity. I was hoping he might naff off to MotoGP next year and let Shakey slip into the Xerox seat. Although apparently Tardozzi fancies Vermeulen who doesn't have a ride in MotoGP next year (unless Tech3 take him for free) so either way Shakey gets shafted. Fabrizio is a div who shouldn't be where he is. Doesn't have the racers mentality. Just an excitable I-tai.

face the facts please - Unregistered

August 18, 2009 10:53 PM

And as far as BSB goes (the next prestigious Superbike Championship behind WSBK) ?? :? :? The ama champs own bsb boys - some names from the last 20 yrs Spies,Mladin,Hayden,Chandler,Duhamel,Corser,Polen,Russel, We won't even bother bringing Rainey,Merkel, & Lawson into the equation. Who ya got? Bayliss is the only truly great bsb champ - sorry mate. That's why they pay the riders in farthings. :-o

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