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June 22nd, 2006, 01:00 AM   #1
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Fortuna Honda team rider Marco Melandri, who arrived at the Assen circuit yesterday after being discharged from the Catalunya General Hospital (Barcelona), spoke to the media today for the first time since his accident.

The Italian sat and chatted with journalists, despite still suffering with stiffness in his neck, after getting the green light from doctors to return to action on his Honda RC211V tomorrow. He will undergo a further medical examination after taking part in the second free practice session.

<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE <div class='quotemain'>MARCO MELANDRI: "I am satisfied with my recovery. I would never have thught that I could be here after the accident on Sunday. For me this is a complete success. Yesterday I began a physiotherapy programme in the Clinica Mobile, which I continued with throughout today. I am really keen to get back on the bike but I'll see how I feel tomorrow. I'm still in pain and I am getting cramps and pains in places I didn't notice before. For example my right shoulder now hurts me more than my left. although my physical conditioning has helped. My objective in the short term is to recover my fitness as son as possible.

At lunchtime Marco completed a few laps of the track on a scooter.

<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE <div class='quotemain'>"Assen has always been the nicest circuit n the calendar although they have changed it now. It is much shorter and looks like a lot f other circuits so I think it has lost some of its character. Tomorrow I'll know more about it after free practice.."
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June 22nd, 2006, 02:22 AM   #2
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Great news about Marco. How he can even think about getting on a bike again amazes me after that accident. Good luck Marco- go hard!
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June 22nd, 2006, 04:23 AM   #3
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Good news for the championship, lets hope he gets to the end...safetly.
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June 22nd, 2006, 05:46 AM   #4
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That's what we wanted to hear.
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June 22nd, 2006, 06:21 AM   #5
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He rode pretty good today.....surprising after a spill like that.....
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June 22nd, 2006, 09:57 AM   #6
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Good to hear! =)
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June 22nd, 2006, 11:26 AM   #7

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Bludey hell that was a quick recovery, surely he's still a bit shakey. :s
June 22nd, 2006, 12:43 PM   #8
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there's an interview with him on he say's he feels some pain in his neck, but not to much & the injuries were'nt very serious at all. he's got a hell of a shinner tho
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June 23rd, 2006, 12:07 AM   #9
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Add him to my list of hardcore bastards. Well done Marco! But in the intrests of his own health and safety, maybe he should sit this one out and take a week off then hit Donny full strength (which he`ll be able to do if he keeps recovering this quick )
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