Elias returns whilst Melandri races injured
After his brilliant podium at Donington Park on July 2, Marco Melandri arrives in Germany in good spirits and improving physical shape.
A week-long break following three straight races has given him crucial time to rest and recover strength but also to undergo further tests on the injuries he sustained in that horrific crash at Barcelona.
In particular, Marco underwent important examination at the clinic run by Doctor Porcellini, the orthopaedic shoulder specialist that operated on his collarbone and shoulder in 2003. The results have shown up a compound fracture to the right collarbone next to the sternoclavicular joint. Three weeks on from the incident Marco is recovering and is over the most critical phase but the pain continues and the Italian must try top move his right arm as little as possible, avoiding closing it across his front.
His team-mate Toni Elias will have a more cautious approach, meanwhile, as he returns to the track after himself being injured in a practice crash at Assen, which left him with a fractured left shoulder. After being forced to miss out on the Dutch and British rounds, the Spaniard is still suffering but will try to return to action on the RC211V.
"It was nice to be back on the podium just two weeks after the accident. Donington was a real achievement for me and I pleased because Barcelona hasn't affected me – I still have the desire to fight and my racing spirit is still intact. Now we have to race at two very interesting tracks. The Germany-United States double will be tough but I hope to be able to tackle it at my best. Sachsenring is a peculiar circuit but i like it because it is technical.
The setting of the bike has to be perfect at this track and as far as riding technique is concerned you have to be very careful to control the throttle without being too aggressive. The week break has given me chance to recover but also to find out more about why I'm in so much pain with my right shoulder. The examination I underwent (X-ray, CAT and magnetic resonance) have shown up a fracture to the right collarbone next to the sternoclavicular joint. That explains the intense pain I was in at Assen and Donington.
I've already spoken with both Doctor Porcellini, the specialist who operated on my collarbone in 2003, and Doctor Costa about continuing the physiotherapy. The worst is over but I still have to try to move my right arm as little as possible."
"I'm happy to come back after a forced three-week break at home. It's been a tough period because the shoulder has been really painful. It hurts every time I move my arm and I can't even rest properly because it is even painful when I lay down. I've tried to recover as quickly as possible by having two sessions with the physiotherapist each day.
I want to race even though I am aware it will be very difficult and painful. I don't know how the shoulder will react to the demands of the bike at a circuit like Sachsenring, which has a lot of left corners – the injured side. I feel motivated – crashes and the recovery period always make you stronger and that is the way I feel."
"Sachsenring is a slow and tortuous track. I'm still suffering from the effects of the fracture on my shoulder. For sure the amount of left corners – ten to be precise – will put my condition to the test."