Jamie Dobb is planning to attend the Grand Prix of Germany at Gaildorf circuit this weekend - as a spectator.

The 31-year-old dislocated his left shoulder and fractured several ribs in a hefty crash two weeks ago at the Grand Prix of Lierop and is likely to be out of action for the last three races of the season.

Dobb will be at the venue, where he became the only British rider in history to capture the 125cc World title, to promote his 2002 season-diary-cum-autobiography that was published this week with a press conference on Saturday evening.

He will also meet up with team-mate Pit Beirer, who will be visiting his first MXGP since sustaining a career-ending back injury at the Grand Prix of Bulgaria in June.

"The main reason for going to Gaildorf is to meet Pit because I haven't seen him since the accident," explained Dobb. "I still want to represent the team and also do some publicity for the book. I have good memories of Gaildorf and it is always an atmospheric GP."

The 2003 MXGP Championship has been a tough one for the 2001 125cc World Champion. KTM abandoned the factory 250cc two-stroke race team in the wake of Beirer's accident and some lacklustre results a third of the way through the season. Dobb then moved from a year old motorcycle still in the midst of its development to effectively a brand new model, the 450cc four-stroke.

The Brit gained his best result of the campaign after only three races on the bigger machine (having spent the whole of his career on two-strokes) with 5th place at the GP of Belgium several weeks prior to the race at Lierop and his untimely crash whilst he was holding third position.



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