Melandri ‘100 per cent for Assen’ despite testing crash

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Aruba Ducati’s Marco Melandri is confident he will be 100 per cent fit for the next WorldSBK round at Assen despite crashing yesterday at Aragon, and leaving the Spanish track in a neck brace.

The Italian slid off at turn two while testing new fork settings and went to the medical centre with some neck pain. Doctors there put him in a neck brace but the Ravenna rider hopes to be back to normal in a week.

“We were testing something on the front fork and suddenly I lose the front at turn two. The speed was the same from the lap before so I don’t know. Maybe we were not correct in the setup or maybe there was not enough focus. It was a stupid slide but I have been rolling a lot and when I stood up there was a lot of pain in my neck,” said Melandri.

“I did only three runs so we didn’t learn anything, it was a waste of a day. For safety, the doctors have locked my neck. I have some more checks in Italy when I am back. I think that in a week I can be OK and 100 per cent well ahead of Assen.”

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