What Happened to Chili?

Brent Avis
by Brent Avis
A dramatic accident happened to Frankie Chili during the morning warm up session put the Scuderia NCR into distress. The Italian rider suffered a terrible fall after a collision with Ruben Xaus; the hard touch caused the detachment of the metal plate that Chili has in the left shoulder from 2000 Misano fall and caused the left collarbone re-fracture.

After medical controls made at the hospital Chili took the decision to retourn in Italy tomorrow, Monday April 8, to have surgey next Wednesday April 10 in Imola Hospital. Chili will be forced to miss the round in Sugo next April 27 to recover at the best for the retourn of the World Championship in Europe, at Monza next May 13. Also the 998RS NCR Axo Ducati has been totally destroyed in the accident...

"This is actually one of my bad periods" - did comment Chili when he returned at the pit garage after the medical controls - "the machine was running very well, at the second lap I have done a lap time which is the eight overall at the end of the session, and only the factory twins was at that time in front of me. Unfortunately I'll be unfit to race also Sugo's round, it would be a nonsense to do like I've done in Spain two years ago. Sugo is very difficult track, also at physical level for a rider and to ride in not perfect conditions, also because the very fast Japanese wild card make everything more difficult. Is better stay at home and recover perfectly for Monza.

Looking at the accident Chili said: "Xaus has done a mistake in the evaluation of our relatives speed; when I've seen him I let him space running onto the kerb, that was only the warm up, and I close a little bit the gas, but not completely closed. I was thinking that Ruben overtake me, but at the end of the kerb I was still side by side to me and when I used the brake the bike did fly away. I am very sorry for the guys of the team, the made a fantastic job yesterday night. I have to say that, after the accident, Cecchinelli of Ducati Corse went, with a kind sensibility, into our garage to bring us the excuses (apologies -- Ed.) on behalf of all the team; that's all, that shouldn't happen, but unfortunately it happened to me."

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