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Warm-up crash costs Melandri dear

Warm-up crash costs Melandri dear

Marco Melandri’s crash on Sunday morning ruined his day at Laguna Seca.

Italian rider Marco Melandri was feeling confident on Sunday morning before the eighth race of the season, but a crash in the warm-up session at Laguna Seca disrupted his preparations and meant he was uncomfortable once the real action commenced.

The Hayate Racing representative eventually came home tenth – of the 12 riders to complete the race – but felt that he could have earned more points from 11th on the grid, had he not suffered his morning mishap.

“We had quite a good set-up and I was confident but I had a small crash,” said Melandri of the incident. “We tried to repair the bike and use the same one but it was a big mistake because the settings were completely different to the morning and were not working well. I had a completely different feeling on left and right corners and the throttle wasn’t smooth, so it was tough.”

He continued, “I was just riding to finish the race because I already knew from the warm-up lap that I wasn’t going to do well. It’s disappointing because I think we had everything to do a good race, so now we have to look forward to the next one.”

Giving some further thoughts on the forthcoming visit to Sachsenring, Melandri added, “It’s a strange track because it’s very, very tight and you stay on the left side a lot. We’ll have to see about the weather too because sometimes it can be very unpredictable.”

MotoGP, 2009, RED BULL U.S. GRAND PRIX, Marco Melandri, Hayate Racing Team

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