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Melandri celebrates 21st birthday in style then looks forward to Brno

Melandri celebrates 21st birthday in style then looks forward to Brno

Melandri celebrates 21st birthday in style then looks forward to Brno

In various places 21st birthdays are still widely celebrated as a ´coming of age´. Melandri duly reached ‘maturity' and marked his birthday on Thursday, 7th August with an awesome party in his native Italy.

The factory Yamaha rider attended an event in his home town of Ravenna that consisted of a staggering guest list numbering 500 of his ´closest friends´. Organized by his fan club the party took place on Mirabilandia Beach and the assorted invitees was actually made up of members of the club, sponsors, journalists and, of course, his many pals. After pretending to have driven a stunt-car in a show for the assembled masses (luckily it was actually piloted by a pro), Marco hit the decks as DJ while everyone made use of the artificial beach, pool and slides!

Despite having enjoyed his birthday, the winner of last year's 250cc Czech GP admitted that his mind had never been off Brno.

´To be honest I think the shorter the summer break the better,´ he explained. ´I think my performances and the bike have been improving race by race and I don't want to break the momentum. I have been totally focused on Brno since the German race and I haven't stopped working during the break - well, apart from the night of my birthday when I did have some fun!
We've tested with the M1 at Brno, which will help. It's a good track that I like. You need to ride with a nice fluid style and I can't wait to see if I can improve my performance again. I'm feeling physically very good and I have a lot of confidence so let's see what the race brings.´

the reigning 250cc World Champion has been threatening to hit the front of the MotoGP elite for the past couple of races. At the British Grand Prix he qualified on the front row and was running up in fourth place when he crashed out. Two weeks later in Germany Melandri climbed to third place after a superb start before eventually falling from fourth due to a gearbox problem with only six laps to go.

MotoGP, 2003, Marco Melandri

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