"I am very sorry. Carlos is a great guy and a fair sportsman.” says Melandri
MARCO MELANDRI has apologised to Carlos Checa after colliding with the reigning champion and forcing him out of the second race at Misano.
Both the factory BMW and Althea Ducati riders were charging through the pack after starting down the grid, following lowly Superpole performances, when the Italian attempted a pass and knocked Checa down on lap four.
Whereas the Spaniard was unable to return to the track, Melandri stayed upright to continue and eventually finish the race in fourth position.
"On lap 4 I was behind Carlos. I tried to pass him in turn four where I felt strong in braking," explained Melandri. "We were side by side, so I expected him to see me, but when we started to flick into the corner he seemed not to realise that I was next to him as he touched my leg with his shoulder and he lost the front.
After the high of coming through the pack to finish second from 16th, Checa rued the missed opportunity. "What can I say about race 2? It seems like this season we are under fire from all sides," said Checa. "Marco pushed me out through the corner, which is strange as he’s normally more careful but anyway that’s how it went. It’s a real pity as I could have made another good race and taken important points.”
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