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Melandri tells about his start to the season

Melandri tells about his start to the season

Melandri tells about his start to the season

After a tough start to the season in Japan, Aprilia MS Racing rider Marco Melandri tells of his feelings regarding the race and looks ahead to the next round in South Africa.

´I was prepared for a dry race at Suzuka but unfortunately on the day of the race the rain came and made the track very slippery. Over the first few laps I felt the benefit of some hard work with the suspension set-up and was comfortable, even though I have never been good in the wet. However, this was the first time I had ridden at Suzuka in these conditions and I fell before I had even got used to the circuit.

I had already had problems with the corner on previous laps. It is a slow but dangerous curve which you take in first or second gear. I was in first but on the seventh lap, when I fell, I braked a little too hard and the bike went, first the rear and then the front and there was nothing I could do to stop it. I was pretty angry because I missed out on a good opportunity to score points. I wanted to win this race but luckily none of my main rivals had good results either. I realised that I can actually ride fast in wet so that was another positive factor.

Now I have to make up for all that at the next race in South Africa. It is a track which can be slippy but is also fun. I can do well there… especially if the race is in dry!

250cc, 2002, Marco Melandri

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