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Melandri unhurt but disappointed

Melandri unhurt but disappointed

Melandri unhurt but disappointed

Marco Melandri escaped unhurt from his crash on the eighth lap of the Grande Premio Marlboro de Portugal on Sunday but admitted he was bitterly disappointed not only for losing out on a potential podium finish but also for making a mess of the Spiderman fairing and equipment he is planning to sell in aid of the Emergency charity in an internet auction next week.

The Fortuna Gauloises Yamaha rider was running in fifth place when he ran slightly wide on the edge of the track and lost control of his customised M1.

I went a little bit wider than on previous laps, hit some dirt on the track and went down, explained Melandri. It is a great pity because up until then everything was going well. I was lying in fifth place and feeling comfortable on the bike the only place where I was having a slight problem was on the last corner.

Unfortunately, I had to brake harder than the previous lap because the bike moved around too much in the previous corner. But when I touched the brakes I incredibly found dust on the white line and crashed out. I was pushing hard to stay close to the top riders but I had a good feeling with the bike, better than in the qualifying sessions.

Im very disappointed, also because I ruined the Spiderman fairing that I would have liked to use for Emergency auction. Unluckily I have to say next time once again. On the positive side at least I didnt hurt myself in the fall.

Melandris leathers were hand painted by Aldo Drudi, the man behind Valentino Rossis famous helmet designs, using a special technique known as aerography. Spidi carefully constructed the pieces of the suit before handing it over to Drudi, who drew the webbing completely by hand using a special airbrush paint gun after studying the design in Spiderman comics.

Drudi then returned the completed material to Spidi, who finished off the sewing and added Melandris personal sponsors.

Melandri first dressed as Spiderman back in 2002, coinciding with the launch of the first film, at his home Grand Prix at Mugello. On that occasion he took victory and raised over 13,000 - a figure he hopes to beat this time around by selling the leathers, boots, gloves, helmet and even the bike fairing by internet auction.

All the money raised will be given to the Panshir Medical Centre in the Afghan village of Anabah. Built in 1999 to help victims of war, the surgical centre, featuring paediatrics, obstetrics and gynaecology units, provides medical facilities for the entire population of the region and is the first such centre to be opened by Emergency Ngo in the country.


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