“It was my mistake”
Another heavy fall for Marco Melandri put a cloud over an otherwise sunny second day of practice at Misano, with the Italian coming off his Honda RC212V this morning.
Melandri, quickest in the wet yesterday, ran wide in turn ten and was thrown
over the handlebars when his rear wheel spun up on the astroturf.
After being checked over in the Clinica Mobile, the Honda Gresini man returned to the track for the final 30 minutes of an extended two-hour session. After working well on the set-up of his bike he was able to improve his race pace in the afternoon but did not get the best out of a qualifying tyre and will start tomorrow's race from the fourth row.
It was also a tough day for Toni Elias, who completed only his fourth day back on the bike after his crash at Assen. The frequent direction changes and hard acceleration of Misano have put the Spaniard's physical condition to the test and he will start from the fifth row tomorrow.
MARCO MELANDRI (12th, 1'35"236):
"I'm really pleased to have got back on track after such a heavy crash this morning. It was my mistake - I ran wide onto the rumble strip and then the artificial grass. The bike went flying over the tyre wall but fortunately I got away sliding with a hard whack on the lower back and pelvis - not my neck. The x-ray showed there were no breaks so I tried to get back on track as soon as possible.
My race pace isn't bad but I couldn't find a good feeling with the qualifying tyre. Tomorrow I will do my best but I know that it will be a demanding race."
TONI ELIAS (15th, 1'35"632):
"My physical condition has improved compared to Brno but this weekend I'm actually in more pain. I'm really struggling with my leg because there are so many direction changes, a lot of braking and you can never rest. Tomorrow in the race I'll have to try and be economical with my strength. My objective is to improve my result from Brno".