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Melandri to have arm op this week

Melandri to have arm op this week

Melandri to have arm op this week

Marco Melandri has decided to bring forward his planned ‘arm-pump' operation after suffering increasing difficulties with the condition at Mugello and Catalunya, and will go under the surgeon's knife in Barcelona this Wednesday. The former 250cc World Champion, who became the youngest ever rider to stand on a MotoGP podium when he finished Sunday's race in third place, had originally planned to receive treatment during the summer break but admitted that he couldn't wait any longer.

"I had to race heavily injected at Catalunya on Sunday but that isn't good for me or my arm," commented Melandri. "My manager Loris Reggiani and I have looked at a lot of options and decided that the best one is here in Barcelona, so I'll have the operation on Wednesday. I won't be 100% fit for Assen but the doctor says I will be able to ride and within a couple of races I'll be able to show my full potential."

On his gritty performance in the Gran Premi Gauloises de Catalunya, Melandri commented: "From the start I was sure I could get a good result. The heat and the lack of grip helped me to preserve my arm, because it meant I could ride more smoothly. I didn't start very well but by concentrating and keeping calm I was able to pass other riders.

"I saw that Biaggi was sliding a lot so I could pass him and go away from him. Then Checa came back on me so I picked up the pace and he knew he wasn't going to catch me. I am really happy with what I did. I waited for that for a long time."

Tags:
MotoGP, 2004, GRAN PREMI GAULOISES DE CATALUNYA, Marco Melandri

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