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Melandri heads to venue of debut GP win dreaming of repeating history

Melandri heads to venue of debut GP win dreaming of repeating history

Melandri heads to venue of debut GP win dreaming of repeating history

Marco Melandri has been slowly improving and getting to grips with his rookie MotoGP season this year. Although he missed the first two rounds due to injury, his return has seen him complete all four of the ensuing races, including the Catalunya Grand Prix two weeks ago when he finished thirteenth. He currently lies twentieth in the World Championship but is of course hoping to finish the season in a higher position.

The young Italian sets himself the highest standards and is frustrated at the time it is taking to make the jump from the 250cc class, where he currently the reigning World Champ, to the premier MotoGP category. ´I won my first ever race in Assen on a 125 bike when I was fifteen years old in 1998 and I remember it like it was yesterday,´ said Melandri who is now twenty. ´It's strange to explain how I felt then but it was a great day for me. When I go back to Assen I always remember that first win. I didn't have such a good race there the following year but I know that things will be completely different this season with the M1.

´It might not be too easy this time as there are lots of places you can really go wide open but there are also many corners and curves. I had some problems at the Catalunya Grand Prix, as it was really difficult to get good traction.

There is such a high competition between the top riders now, especially the Italians. It would be great if I could reach the same level as them soon and make it a four-way battle!.

I hope to have a good race in Assen this year; to have a better feeling with the bike and to feel less tired, which I think is a side effect of the accident I had in Suzuka. I want to perform better at every race and to improve my results so I am in among the top riders; that´s my aim´.

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MotoGP, 2003, Marco Melandri

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