Injuries continue to plague MotoGP, and the starting grid at Assen will feature only 15 riders as Marco Melandri dislocated his shoulder during today’s early morning practice session (FP2). Melandri was going through the revised Ruskenhoek corner, and found himself overshooting the corner, as he negotiated the narrow run-off, his rear tire went from the slippery grass surface to the tarmac. Catching immediate traction, the Gresini Honda catapulted Melandri, who landed on his shoulder, which became dislocated.
“Unfortunately I lost the rear on the grass and when I got back onto the tarmac it gripped and threw me into the air. I knew straight away that my shoulder was out… now I have to look ahead to hopefully having a good race at Barcelona,” said the Italian rider. Marco Melandri will sit out the Dutch TT, but is expected to return to MotoGP’s next stop at Barcelona for the Catalan GP.
Barring more injuries at Assen, MotoGP will return to 16 riders at Barcelona as Wataru Yoshikawa joins the MotoGP field, riding Valentino Rossi’s Fiat-Yamaha YZR-M1 from the Catalan GP and on.