As the World Superbike paddock heads to Aragón in Spain for the second round of the championship,
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Goldbet BMW rider Marco Melandri has commented on how he no longer feels hindered when riding his S1000RR, like he had done in Australia.
Melandri was plagued by a mysterious shoulder injury in pre-season testing in Australia, the injury continued to hinder the Italian during race weekend and following the heavy crash with Carlos Checa in Race 1, Melandri decided surgery was the only option. He underwent successful surgery before the week was out and has been working on regaining fitness in the gap between the first and second rounds which, fortunately for Marco was over a month long.
Now he feels ready to get back on track and feels that BMW have made some important steps in closing the gap to the dominant Aprilia squad. “I am looking forward to be in Aragón. I am very optimistic. For sure it will not be an easy race, but I am confident that I have fixed the shoulder problems I suffered from. I don’t feel hindered anymore when riding, even if I am still lacking resilience. We worked a lot after the Australian round in order to close the gap to Aprilia and we have done a very good job” the Italian commented.
Team mate, Britain’s Chaz Davies added: “Aragón is a special place for me because back in 2011 I won there in Supersport which was quite unexpected and last year it was the venue of my first podium finish in the Superbike World Championship. With that in mind, I know Aragón works well for me and I am excited to go there. The positive results from last week’s test in Jerez also make me confident. We will push straight away from Friday morning on and hopefully on Sunday we will see the results.”