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Cycle News 2023 Issue 18 May 9

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Petrucci To Make MotoGP Return D anilo Petrucci will ride for the Ducati Lenovo Team at the upcoming French GP. After withdrawing from the Spanish GP, Enea Bastianini (Ducati Lenovo Team) has been ruled out of the May 12-13 French GP as he contin - ues to recover from a shoulder injury. At Le Mans, former factory Ducati MotoGP star Danilo Petrucci will step in for Bastianini alongside World Championship leader Fran - cesco Bagnaia. The current WorldSBK rider is a previous winner at the French GP with Duca- ti back in 2020. Petrucci's last MotoGP ap- pearance came in 2022 at the Thai GP where he finished 20th for Team Suzuki Ecstar. CN WIND IN THE P58 Danilo Petrucci will fill in for Ducati Lenovo's Enea Bastianini, who is still recovering from a shoulder injury, at the Grand Prix de France this weekend. Barcia, Anderson Out With Injuries T he Monster Energy Supercross Champion- ship has been decimated by injuries to many of its star racers, some of the latest victims including Monster Energy Kawasaki's Jason Anderson and TLD/Red Bull/ GasGas' Justin Barcia. Both announced before the just-completed Denver Supercross that their Super - cross seasons are already over. Anderson revealed that he suffered a neck injury in his crash during a heat race at the Nashville Supercross. "A CT scan showed I have a non-displaced fracture at C5-C6 in my neck," Anderson said. "Luckily, where the fracture is my season is not over and I can come back to the races relatively soon!" Barcia confirmed that he sustained a broken collar - bone, a broken right shoul- der and two broken ribs from his crash in the main event in Nashville and will be out of action for several weeks. And, of course, there is also Eli Tomac, who suf - fered a ruptured Achilles tendon during the main event in Denver. His return to racing is unknown but won't be anytime soon. Chase Sexton and Adam Cianciarulo are the last surviving factory team riders as of the conclusion of the Denver Supercross. Suzuki- backed Ken Roczen is also still healthy. CN Jason Anderson is one of the latest factory stars who is now sidelined by injury.

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