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Nagasuga to ride for Lorenzo

2011-11-03 07:59

MADRID, Spain - Jorge Lorenzo will miss the last race of the 2011 MotoGP season in Valencia this weekend.

He lost a left fingertip in a crash earlier in the season and the plastic surgery involved in its replacement has not yet healed.

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His Yamaha team statement said: "The injuries require a longer period of recovery for him to be able to participate at a competitive level."

The 2010 World champion, who is assured of second place behind new champion Casey Stoner this year, suffered the injury in warm-up for the Australian MotoGP three weeks earlier.

Lorenzo will be replaced by Japanese test rider Katsuyuki Nakasuga.

AFP