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Melandri sceptical about hand recovery

Melandri sceptical about hand recovery

Melandri sceptical about hand recovery

Marco Melandri admits he is still on the road to recovery from the hand injury he sustained at Donington Park almost four weeks ago and says he does not expect to be 100% fit on his return to action at Brno this weekend. The Italian missed the Cinzano British Grand Prix after breaking his thumb in a practice crash, when he was accidentally knocked off the track by Kawasaki rider Alex Hoffman, and has struggled to make the progress he had hoped for.

"My right hand has definitely improved, but actually I hoped to feel better after three weeks break and the physiotherapy," explained Melandri, who made his 125cc Grand Prix debut at Brno in 1997 shortly after his 15th birthday and has taken three victories there in the 125cc and 250cc classes.

"I trained a lot with my bicycle during these holidays, but still I felt pain when grasping the handlebar with my right hand. So it is difficult to do any kind of forecasts for the race at Brno next Sunday.

"I just have to wait until Friday and see how I feel with my right hand on the bike and if I'll be able to open and close easily the throttle of my Yamaha M1".

Melandri also enjoyed the summer break to celebrate his 22nd birthday, with a special party organised by his Official Fan Club at ‘Mirabilandia', a Carribean style theme park near his hometown of Ravenna, last week.

"It was great to see so many people there for me," said Melandri, who entertained almost 800 guests, friends and sponsors with a DJ set. "It was an incredible party, I won't forget it for long time. I can't remember how many autographs I signed, how many photos I did along with my fans, who welcomed me with great enthusiasm.

"I want to thank my sister Maura, who organized the party, Mirabilandia that let us use their beautiful beach area and all the people who came to the party. Now it would be great to get another podium at Brno to repay them for all their support."


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