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Dec 1, 2002

Concussion: Casoli Out For Two More Months

From a press release issued by Yamaha Belgarda:<BR><BR>CASOLI BACK HOME. MAYBE ON A BIKE IN TWO MONTHS! <BR>Here is the news everybody has been waiting for: Paolo Casoli is recovering well and may be back onboard the YZF-R6 Yamaha within two months. <BR><BR>GASOLIO RETURNS <BR>Last Monday, as expected, Paolo left Valencia hospital, where he had been thirteen days suffering from a cranial trauma, and flew back to Italy. He went straight to the Clinica Villa Serena - the same clinic which has looked after Mick Doohan and many other racers - for specialist treatment and rehabilitation which is scheduled to last two weeks.<BR><BR>After December 8th, he will be able to start training again and by the middle of January he should be back to full fitness. He will undergo tests to make sure everything is OK, before being given the go-ahead to get back on a bike. <BR><BR>DANGER PAST <BR>The worst is now over. And now, two weeks after the accident, Paolo has returned to Monte Carlo to continue his recovery. His condition is good and has been greatly helped by the support and good wishes of friends, colleagues and of course - his fans. On there is a special area with hundreds of messages of goodwill - from Italy and the rest of the world. <BR> <BR>BACK ON TRACK <BR>Considering Casoli's improving condition, Team Yamaha Belgarda Supersport have decided not to bring in a substitute rider. In the next test, scheduled for the 19th and 20th December at Valencia, Jamie Whitham will carry on the job of developing the new bike, but it's possible that another tester will be brought in to speed up the work that has to be done. <BR><BR>The team hopes Paolo Casoli will be able to take part in the private tests at the end of January - once again at Valencia.<BR><BR><BR><BR><BR>