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Melandri returns to action after shoulder injury

Melandri returns to action after shoulder injury

Melandri returns to action after shoulder injury

Sporting a newly shaved head, the reigning 250cc World Champion Marco Melandri was bringing himself back up to full fitness at the Catalunya circuit today. The Yamaha rider got back on board his M1 machine for the first time after suffering a shoulder separation at the IRTA test session in Estoril two weeks ago. Melandri had spent an intensive few days in Italy receiving therapy on the injury, and still feels somewhat short of his best as he explained to

`I feel like I have a real lack of power in the right shoulder,´ said the amiable 20 year-old. `It still is not perfect, but this is surely the best way to go about getting it right - to get back on the bike and to be riding once again. With the day´s rest on Friday before the MotoGP Winter Test begins, I think I should be feeling much better then than I do now.´

`By the end of today I will have done about 30 laps or so, but the thing is I can't do any more than five circuits at a time. By that time I feel weakness on my right side, so this tells me I am still short of being completely fit to ride. It feels a little worse in the left to right corners, when there is more pressure on that side of my body.´

`The other problem is that the track is not at its best either, there is a lot of sand about which is never easy to negotiate. Yesterday I think they laid a new section of tarmac just at turn one, it's only about a metre's worth, but it is really bumpy. It´s a shame, because the weather conditions are perfect here.´

`I´m looking forward to the weekend, although I will be keeping my head down and focusing more than anything, as well as having a look at the Honda bikes on the track for the first time, to see what they have brought out this season.´

MotoGP, 2003, Marco Melandri

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