Puig breaks leg
The Spaniard Alberto Puig, third in the world championship, fell heavily at high speed during qualifying yesterday for the French 500cc Grand Prix at Le Mans. He needed surgery on a broken left leg after his Honda hit safety barriers. Earlier another Honda rider, the former 125cc world champion Loris Capirossi, broke a toe and fractured a shoulder when he crashed at 106mph. Honda's world champion, Michael Doohan, qualified in pole position in 1min 40.281sec.