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Rossano Brazzi the man behind the mechanics of Melandri´s title push

Rossano Brazzi the man behind the mechanics of Melandri´s title push

Rossano Brazzi the man behind the mechanics of Melandri´s title push

Rossano Brazzi has been chief mechanic to an impressive list of World Champions. Luca Cadalora and Valentino Rossi, amongst many others, have benefited from the technical expertise of the Italian, and his latest prodigy Marco Melandri could lift the 250 title tomorrow, providing he holds off the smouldering threat of Fonsi Nieto. Brazzi has worked side-by-side with Melandri throughout a season of progression and consolidation, and sees a mature and calm character on the verge of Grand Prix history.

`Last year Marco felt under a lot of pressure and tried too hard to go with Kato and Harada, but this year he has been a lot calmer and that has allowed him to do things easier,´ reflects Brazzi. `Marco is a shy, introverted person and he has worked hard this year to achieve his goals. If he wins the championship tomorrow it will be a great thrill for all of us. Winning titles is what we do this job for and it is what we all work so hard for. I wouldn´t be able to compare it to any of the other titles I have won as a mechanic – every season has its own story with its own difficulties – but it would be a great satisfaction for me.´

Brazzi is reluctant to make comparisons between Melandri and his previous riders, particularly Rossi, but believes that the youngster can follow their footsteps in the premier class of Grand Prix racing. `It is impossible to compare Marco with Valentino even in terms of riding style, because they are both different and the machines change from year to year. I suppose that on a 250 Valentino was more fluid through the corners than Marco, he used to let the bike run a lot more whereas Marco is more aggressive. He brakes hard and late and then gets onto the gas. Valentino had to change his style when he stepped up to ride a 500, but Marco won´t have to. I think his style is very much suited to a bigger, more powerful machine.´

Comparisons will continue to be made between Melandri and Rossi, with the former set to become the youngest ever 250cc World Champion just three years since his compatriot achieved the same feat, also riding an Aprilia. In the meantime Brazzi will steer clear of the debate and, if he can help it, the celebrations. `I am a little old for all that,´ he chuckles. `I don´t go out partying with Marco and I don´t know what he does in his free time. I don´t think I want to!´

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