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David Fr̩tign̩ withdraws from the Dakar 2012

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David Fr̩tign̩ has withdraw from the Dakar Rally 2012 after his vertebrae injury suffered at the Rally dos Sertoes last August.

The Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain rider is on the way to recovering and was given the go ahead from his medical team to train fully for the Dakar a few weeks ago.

The team was hopeful the Frenchman would be totally fit and competitive, unfortunately his final medical exams showed that his injury has not made enough progress to risk a start at the Dakar. His team wishes him strength for his further recovery and will miss him at the starting line on 1st of January.

"I am very sad that I can finally not start, after all the good hopes and the hard work to come back," Fr̩tign̩ said. "I wish my team all the best at the race, and will be with them with my thoughts. I will continue to work hard on my physical condition, it was just a little bit too early to risk a start, but I will be back soon in full strength."

Wolfgang Fischer, Team Manager, added, "The whole team was in good hope to have David back to compete with us at the Dakar Rallye 2012. Even bigger is our regret now, for us as team, and for him as rider, to get this negative last-minute decision. Anyway, his health is priority no. 1, and we hope to welcome him back soon at the race track."

Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain announced Jos̩ Manuel Pellicer as the new team rider, in order not to leave the starting spot of rider number twelve empty. The 38-year old spaniard from Castellon has several Dakar participations under his belt, and finished 20th in the 2011 edition.

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