Finally, a little better news for the Gresini Honda team. Both Marco Melandri and Toni Elias passed fitness tests on Monday, and have been cleared to ride at Brno. Elias is still recovering from a broken femur and Melandri is still suffering with a broken ankle he suffered at Laguna Seca. The Gresini duo spent two hours riding Honda CBR 600 sports bikes around the Misano circuit, to test their condition, which revealed that they are both capable of riding, albeit with some pain.
The test was doubly useful, as the Misano track used for the fitness test is the location for the San Marino Grand Prix on September 2nd, and is unknown territory for most of the MotoGP paddock, the series not having visited there since Wayne Rainey's fateful crash in 1993, which left him in a wheelchair.