Aruba.it Ducati rider Marco Melandri assures us he will be ‘up and running’ for the next round of the 2017 World Superbike season in Assen, after a crash in testing in Aragon.

The Italian rider, along with the rest of the paddock, was taking part in a one-day official test on his Panigale R. Heading through the fast right of Turn 2, a crash hotspot over the race weekend, Melandri lost the front-end.

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Melandri complained of pain in his chest and throat, and was taken to the medical centre for further checks. He will have more done once back in Italy, but it appears his problems only stretch as far as his muscles.

“It’s a pity to have ended the test ahead of schedule,” he said.

“I only did three runs, but despite the crash we collected some important feedback regarding the front.

“Unfortunately I fell at Turn 2, without warning, and after I felt quite sore in the chest and throat. We already ran several checks at the medical centre, and we’ll do more once I’m back in Italy, but everything seems OK.

“The doctors made me wear a neck brace just for safety. It should just be a muscle-related problem, so I expect to be up and running in a week’s time and 100 percent well ahead of Assen.”

Melandri enjoyed another strong weekend on his Ducati, taking to the podium in both races at MotorLand Aragon and moving up to fourth in the championship standings on 81 points.

The Italian finished yesterday’s test 11th on the timesheets, with Kawasaki’s Tom Sykes leading team-mate Jonathan Rea with a lap of 1m49.368s. Melandri’s team-mate Chaz Davies completed the top three.

The World Superbike paddock will be back in action from April 28 for the fourth round of the season at the TT Circuit Assen in Holland.

Full results from yesterday’s test can be found here: http://resources.worldsbk.com/newsdesk/2017/Official_Test_Aragon/Official_Test_Aragon_Results.pdf

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