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Melandri breaks leg in first session of new season

Melandri breaks leg in first session of new season

Melandri breaks leg in first session of new season

Marco Melandri became the first casualty of the 2003 MotoGP World Championship when he ditched his Yamaha M1 in the first free practice session at Suzuka this morning and broke his right tibia and femur. The 250cc World Champion was airlifted from the circuit clinic to the local Mie General Medical Centre by helicopter for a full examination and operation, but early indications are that he has an open break on the tibia near his ankle, where the bone joins with the fibula, whilst the femur bone (in the upper part of the leg) seems to be a clean fracture.

The Fortuna Yamaha rider had completed just 8 laps of the Suzuka circuit when he crashed at the fast right hander after the hairpin. The session was red flagged as his stricken M1 was cleared from the circuit and the rider was stretchered to an ambulance. Doctors at the scene predicted that he will probably require between 45 and 90 days to make a full recovery.

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MotoGP, 2003, SKYY VODKA Grand Prix of Japan, Marco Melandri

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