Marco Melandri says it is his intention to race in the Catalunya Grand Prix, just a week after being forced to skip the Dutch TT with an injured shoulder.

The Italian suffered a nasty fall from the Gresini Honda prior to qualifying, with doctors confirming he shouldn't race at Assen having suffered a major trauma in his shoulder.

However, while he admits he won't be at 'peak physical fitness' this weekend, Melandri has now been given the all-clear to compete in Spain.

"I?m going to Barcelona with the clear objective of putting the disappointments of Silverstone and Assen behind me," he said. "I will obviously have to wait and see how I feel on the bike after such a big crash in Holland but my determination to race again is huge.

"I have had a lot of treatment on the shoulder since Saturday and even though I still won't be at peak physical fitness I am determined to get back out on track. I really want to build on the progress we made in practice at Assen, where we confirmed our recent progress with the set-up of the bike.

"I hope I am fit and able to continue the recent good work we've been doing so that we can have more to be pleased with by the end of the weekend."


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