Motorcycling: French test for Lawson

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EDDIE LAWSON, the four-times world champion from the United States, is looking for a second consecutive win in the 500cc world championship when he competes in the French Grand Prix tomorrow at Magny-Cours.

Lawson, who plans to retire at the end of the season, had an unexpected success in the Hungarian event in Budapest last week, the the first for his Italian manufacturer Cagiva.

Honda's hopes of winning are hampered by the absence of the world championship leader, Michael Doohan of Australia, who broke a leg in Assen last month. Another Honda rider, Alex Criville, will be battling to add to his success in the Netherlands last month when he became the first Spaniard to win a Grand Prix.

With three legs to go and 20 points awarded for a win, Suzuki and Yamaha will be eager to close the gap. Kevin Schwantz, the Suzuki rider who trails Doohan by 43 points, must win to keep his hopes of a first world title alive but he went into practice yesterday still suffering from a fall in Assen where he broke an arm.

Another American, Wayne Rainey, the leading Yamaha rider, also suffered hand injuries last month. The 1990 and 1991 world champion, is on 73 points in the championship, 57 behind Doohan.

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