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Melandri battles though the pain barrier

Melandri battles though the pain barrier

Melandri battles though the pain barrier

Movistar Honda rider Marco Melandri showed remarkable courage to take part in the action at Sepang today, with doctors only having removed the dressing from the deep wound on his right foot on Wednesday. The Italian underwent intensive physiotherapy at the Clinica Mobile to heal the wound, held together by 35 stitches, and it paid off as he made the opening day of qualifying.

Melandri began walking yesterday and rode today with a larger boot to reduce the pressure on the injury. In the first session of the day, he was able to complete 20 laps and posted the 14th fastest time. In the afternoon, he clocked a further 18 laps and was 10th behind Valentino Rossi on a damp track.

"I'm happy to have been on the bike today," said Melandri. "The doctors told me that the wound is healing well and there is no risk of it opening. I can't say it didn't bother me because every time I pushed down on the footpeg it hurt. I have to get used to riding in this condition, but in the clinic they are continuing with the healing therapy and hope it can continue to improve."

Tags:
MotoGP, 2005, MARLBORO MALAYSIAN MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX, Marco Melandri

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