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Poncharal: Norick should be fine

Poncharal: Norick should be fine

Poncharal: Norick should be fine

The Cinzano British Grand Prix presented a weekend to forget for the Fortuna Gauloises Tech 3 team.

For the second year in succession Marco Melandri hit the Donington asphalt and was not able to register a race finish, breaking his thumb after a fall in Fridays free practice. The young Italian did not even make the grid, leaving responsibilities for the Yamaha squad in the hands of Norick Abe.

The Japanese rider, already nursing some broken ribs after a slip in Germany, was able to complete a creditable comeback from a lowly position after qualifying (16th) to inside the top ten, but a quite spectacular crash two laps before the end of the race meant that the Herve Poncharal helmed team were packing up without any points and two banged up riders to show for their efforts.

Noricks two ribs, that he broke last weekend at Sachsenring, are hurting even more now and he is obviously a bit groggy but the doctors say he should be fine, the manager reflected. He really didnt deserve that crash as he was riding a great race and had moved up to 8th just behind Capirossi. For a while there he had even made us forget our disappointment over Marco. I think both our riders really need the coming break and will hopefully be fully fit when the championship starts again in three weeks.

To see Abes high-side at the scenic Craner Curves click on the Video section.


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