FYT rider Melandri injured at Japanese GP practice

Fortuna Yamaha Team rider Marco Melandri sustained injuries to his right leg in this morning's MotoGP practice session. The 20-year-old Italian rider was 29 minutes into the first official session of the weekend's action when he slid from his...

Fortuna Yamaha Team rider Marco Melandri sustained injuries to his right leg in this morning's MotoGP practice session. The 20-year-old Italian rider was 29 minutes into the first official session of the weekend's action when he slid from his Yamaha YZR-M1 machine on the fast right-hand corner after the hairpin (the exit of T12).

Initial reports from the Suzuka circuit medical center indicate that Melandri has suffered a fracture to his right femur and ankle. He has been taken by helicopter to Mie General Medical Centre near Yokkaichi and the team is waiting for further details of his injuries.

Team Director Davide Brivio is present at the hospital along with a senior Yamaha member of staff and Melandri's manager, Loris Reggiani.

Melandri was fully conscious after the accident and explained that the bike had made contact with him in the fall.

Melandri will be unable to take part in this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix.

Further news will follow as soon as possible.

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-fyt-

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Marco Melandri , Davide Brivio