Carlos Checa suffered a severe concussion while Marco Melandri will require surgery to repair his shoulder this week after a scary collision between the two in the first World Superbike race Sunday at Phillip Island.
Checa's Ducati ran into the back of Melandri's BMW on the brakes in the Honda corner 13 laps into the first race. Checa was unconscious briefly and airlifted to a Melbourne hospital for observation. He was discharged Monday and felt good enough to visit friends in New Zealand.
Melandri rode to a gutsy third-place finish in the second race despite aggravating an existing shoulder injury in the crash in race one. Melandri confirmed he will go under the knife Wednesday to repair the damage, as the next WSBK race isn't for another six weeks, April 14 at Aragon.
"In race one, I was working my way toward the front and had improved to third place when I was hit from behind by Carlos and unfortunately I fell on my right shoulder," Melandri said. "I don't know why it happened. Maybe he made a mistake or he had a technical issue. I just went down suddenly.
"I am sorry for Carlos. He is a professional rider, and I wish him a speedy recovery."