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BACK STRAIN HINDERS RAMON IN FRANCE

February 28, 2006

Team Suzuki Press Office – February 28, 2006.

Team Suzuki completed their second pre-season event at the weekend at the Pernes Les Fontaines International meeting in France, but Steve Ramon was unable to post decent results due to a back strain.

The former 125cc World Champion had pulled a muscle in his back while training several days before the race and although he elected to take to the start line in sunny and good conditions, he was far from fully fit.

Ramon, who was eighth and 12th in the two MX1 motos - won by current World Champion Stefan Everts - has been undergoing physiotherapy this week and will only ride once, this Thursday, in the sand in preparation for Suzuki’s next trip to Hawkstone Park in England on Sunday.

Kevin Strijbos scored 10th and ninth positions. The 20 year old started badly in the first heat and although he gated better for the second moto, he was unable to establish a good rhythm.

“Steve was unable to ride at his normal speed in France but we have told him to rest and he should be fine for Hawkstone,” said Team Co-ordinator Eric Geboers. “Kevin had a poor start but made some good moves in the first moto and, to be honest, I think he was tired in the second race. His condition is very good and we are happy but we have been doing a lot of testing and practicing just recently and I think it caught up with him on Sunday.”

The International event at Hawkstone Park will take place on March 5th and will include another stellar line-up with many Grand Prix regulars in attendance.

For more stories about Steve Ramon, click here . For photos, click here .

For more stories about Kevin Strijbos, click here . For photos, click here .

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