After the terrible incident that last Sunday on the Catalan track of
Montemeḷ involved 6 riders, Marco Melandri's physical conditions are
improving and this morning he left the General Hospital of Catalunya in
Sant Cugat (Barcelona) where he underwent treatment and CAT scans and
was treated for a dislocation of the acromion-clavicular and mild
Strong and determined, Marco left the Hospital this morning and together
with Doctor Claudio Costa from Clinica Mobile, he took a flight to
Amsterdam and then reached Assen by train.
Marco's neck still hurts a lot but the young Italian rider hopes to go
back on track, if possible already in Assen. The Fortuna Honda rider is
At the moment his participation to the Dutch TT is still uncertain. The
decision will be taken only on spot after the medical check.
Marco Melandri: "Thanks to the therapies I feel better. I'm recovering
and yesterday I could make a short walk. This morning Doctor Costa of
Clinica Mobile has reached me in Barcelona and together we flew to
Amsterdam and then to Assen by train.
My neck hurts a lot and I think this will be the main problem. Anyway
the final decision will be taken later on before the first day of
practices. I have seen the layout of the modified track in Assen, they
have changed the most technical and difficult part, so in this moment
this can be positive for my current physical conditions."
Also Marco' team-mate, the Spaniare Toni Elias looks forward to race in
Assen. Toni hopes to solve the problems he is suffering in the last
races and to start to conquer some good results.
Toni Elias: " Assen is one of my favourite track, it's technical, fast
and demanding. I hope to make a good race there and do a real step
forward. I still cannot drive as I would like to as I need to improve my
feeling with the rear and find the traction we need. I really look
forward to race at the Dutch TT. I hope that the changes at the North
Loop haven't changed too much the beauty of this track. But before
arriving to Assen, I'd like to wish Marco, my team mate a prompt