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Melandri happy with progress

Melandri happy with progress

Melandri happy with progress

Marco Melandri said he was happy with his progress on the second day of qualifying for the Camel Grand Prix of Japan after moving up from provisional twelfth to sixth place on the grid. With Valentino Rossi failing to improve his time from yesterday, Melandri was actually the top Yamaha rider today and is hopeful of a return to his best form in Sunday's race.

"Today things went much better than yesterday and starting from this morning I had a good feeling with the bike," commented the Italian. "During this morning's free practice I lapped with race tyres and was able to keep a consistent and quick pace. In the afternoon's final qualifying both the team and I decided to make some adjustments on the set up but it didn't give good results.

"I also got a bit nervous because it started to rain a bit, just few drops, and so I wasted the first soft tyres making a couple of mistakes. I went back in the pit garage and asked to have this morning's settings, took a few deep breaths and tried to get my concentration back.

"When I went out I found my confidence again and kept a good rhythm and then I made two fast laps with soft tyres and got a precious second row. I'm confident and calm even though I know it will be hard tomorrow, because here there are many long braking points. I feel ready and also physically I feel better than yesterday, my right hand is less painful."

MotoGP, 2004, CAMEL GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN, QP2, Marco Melandri

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