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Checa and Melandri explain clash

Checa and Melandri explain clash

Checa and Melandri explain clash

Carlos Checa and Marco Melandri were unanimous in their agreement that the young Italian held the blame for their clash during the Cinzano Rio Grand Prix on Sunday.

The two Yamaha colleagues, who run in separate teams but under the same Fortuna colours, came together on the sixth lap when Melandri tried to pass Checa for ninth place. Both riders ran onto the grass in the incident, with Checa losing just two places but Melandri returning to the track way down in seventeenth.

Marco lost the rear and then could not brake properly as he tried to pass, explained Checa, who eventually finished tenth. He went straight on and then we touched. Luckily I saw him coming just as I was about to flick it in, I stood the bike up, we touched and then ran off the track.

Luckily nothing happened and I dont think it changed my race result. At that moment maybe I could have caught Capirossi but I couldnt have kept doing the lap time because I was already at the limit.

Melandri admitted his mistake, which typified a frustrating weekend for the whole factory squad as lead rider Valentino Rossi crashed out of the race. ´When I was battling with Checa I lost control of my machine and left the track, losing a lot of time, confirmed the former 250cc World Champion, who battled back to finish thirteenth.

Then I started to have problems with my visor, which increased to the point that seven or eight laps from the end I couldnt see practically anything anymore. I never had good feelings during all the weekend. The bike was so difficult to control, for me, as for the other Yamaha riders.

Checa also agreed with Melandri on that score, complaining that he was unable to find any sort of base setting to compete with the front riders. We seemed to change everything through the weekend and in warm-up but I still didnt feel comfortable, added the Spaniard.

It was a difficult weekend. In Rio we had a very negative feeling from the beginning and this has not been the case anywhere else this year.

MotoGP, 2004, Marco Melandri, Carlos Checa

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