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British 125cc sensation Scott Redding thinks a hand injury sustained at Shangai won’t get in the way of a good performance in France this weekend. He suffered bruising and swelling on his left paw but reckons it isn’t too bad.

MotoGP bosses Dorna are set to reveal the class which will replace 250GP in 2011 – and it’s widely thought to be prototype 600cc four-strokes. Which will suit Honda down to the ground. But Aprilia and KTM are bound to be a bit miffed as those teams, who are currently winning but have no four-stroke 600s, stand to lose out to those manufacturers, i.e.Honda, that have 600cc four-stroke technology coming out of their ears. Let’s have a look see at some stuff – who wanted MotoGP to become four-stroke? Honda. Who wanted world motocross to become four-stroke? Er, Honda. Can you see a pattern forming…

Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo has been passed fit by some doctors to ride this weekend after the horrible injuries he sustained while cloud surfing in China. He has been confined to a wheelchair since then, but want to ride this weekend.We think he should be awarded the Wayne Gardner Hardman Trophy…


Gresini Honda, which sports rookie Alex De Angelis, has been promised some new parts for the rest of the season which will be in the form of transmission bits to start with. There is a joke here somewhere about being in HRC’s clutches…

Kawasaki’s John Hopkins, who got his leg tangled up with De Angelis’ bike in Shanghai, will be nearly fit and ready for Le Mans. He suffered a haematoma in the clash which means skin is incredibly soft and may remain painful for some time. Ouch.

Sylvain Guintoli, who put in a stellar performance on the Tech3 Yamaha last year leading the race amid chaos and mayhem, is hoping his home race can bring his Alice Ducati team some good fortune. They need to up their game, or they’ll have that Max Biaggi after them, eh Marco?

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