Moto2: Locatelli targets Mugello return

Roberto Locatelli believes that he could be fit enough to get back to racing in time for the Italian Grand Prix at the beginning of June

The 32-year old is unable to walk on the leg that he broke in his crash at Jerez, and he could still require further surgery on his face.

Locatelli told Italian magazine Motosprint: "I'm making progress every day. Maybe I could be back in time for Mugello. It would be nice."

The Italian added that he wants to discover the cause of the accident, even though he is trying to just look to the future.

"We need to understand if something happened to the bike," he said. "I've learned that it's either the rider or the bike not working properly, and I don't think I made a riding mistake.

"I can't remember the accident, probably because of the blow. The bike destroyed itself, so now it's hard to understand whether some part broke before the impact."

He added: "I think I can make it in one month, which means I could really be able to race at Mugello. After all I'm making progress every day.

"I've already tried to get up, but I can't put weight on the foot, the leg hurts too much. At the moment the right leg won't be operated on: the fracture is more like a crack. We'll see what Dr Costa says.

"My face basically crumbled. They put two plates on my jawbone and lower jaw, which both broke on the right and on the left side. The cheekbone was re-aligned to the other by hand. And by hand they sorted all the other bones.

"The facial orbit broke too, but the doctors say it's too early to intervene: we'll need to understand if there are any eyesight problems. If there aren't any, then they'll leave it as is.

"The collarbone broke too, in a disjointed manner. But that's not a worrying thing."

Gilera have no plans to replace Locatelli in the upcoming races.


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