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Melandri joins off-season injury list, set for operation

Marco Melandri will require an operation to the meniscus on his right leg after sustaining an injury in a charity football match.
Marco Melandri will require an operation to the meniscus on his right leg after sustaining an injury in a charity football match, but is expected to be fully fit in time for the start of the 2017 pre-season tests in January.

The Italian, who completed his final 2016 winter tests with Aruba.it Racing Ducati last week at Jerez, picked up the injury while walking on the football pitch when he stumbled and fell on his right leg.

Melandri was playing in a charity football match in memory of former 125cc and 250cc Grand Prix race winner Doriano Romboni, who died on 30th November 2013 in a crash during the second running of 'Sic day' which is a race in honour of Marco Simoncelli.

The 34-year-old is set to undergo an operation on Wednesday 30th November and is expected to be fully fit for the January winter tests in preparation for the 2017 season.

Melandri is set to make his World Superbike comeback in 2017 with the factory Ducati squad alongside Chaz Davies after replacing BSB-bound Davide Giugliano. The former 250cc world champion last competed in World Superbike for Aprilia in 2014 on his way to fourth in the riders' standings having claimed six race wins that year.

Melandri joins former MotoGP world champion Nicky Hayden on the sidelines after the Ten Kate Honda rider required an operation on an injured knee suffered in a flat-track accident.
by Haydn Cobb



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Tetley

November 29, 2016 4:23 PM
Last Edited 7 days ago

Melandri will do OK, but no more than that. I used to rate Marco in his early years in MotoGP, but despite his aggressive riding he never made the top there or subsequently in WSBK. Now he has to buy his rides, which shows that even the teams know that he's over-the-hill. I'd have kept Davide, as he has more potential. On a different tack, I know Crash needs advertising revenue to survive but I really don't want the same barage of ads every time I change pages. Lately it has become intolerable so I may have to read my news elsewhere.

MotoStar

November 29, 2016 11:36 PM

Well, that's a great start to the new season, isn't it? They'd have been better off sticking with Giugliano. Agree about the ads, especially the big one that fills the whole page and won't let you type.



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