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Melandri boosted by auction success

Melandri boosted by auction success

Melandri boosted by auction success

Marco Melandri's disappointment at qualifying down in sixteenth place for the Marlboro Grand Prix of Qatar was tempered by the news that his one-off Spiderman leathers, helmet, gloves, boots and Yamaha M1 fairing had sold for almost €10,700 in an internet auction.

Melandri held a similar auction in 2002, when he raised €13,000, with all the profits going to the Emergency charity to help them build a medical centre in Afghanistan.

"I knew it would be difficult to exceed the 2002 amount because on that occasion we also put on auction the Spiderman scooter that I used in the paddock at Mugello and also because I won the race," said Melandri.

"For this reason, I was hoping to raise at least €10,000, so to have beaten that figure makes me very happy. I know that Emergency will use this money in the best way and I'm very proud to help them directly."

On this weekend's action Melandri added that he was disappointed a final qualifying session which was spoilt by traffic and outlines his hopes for a good start in tomorrow's race.

"I'm disappointed because I wasted both soft tyres as I found some slower riders in front of me on my hot lap," said the Italian. "Therefore, I set my fastest time with a worn out tyre that I used for a while during the qualifying session. The only positive thing is that I'm at the front of the sixth row so I'll start from the clean side of the track.

"Tomorrow both the start and the race will be dangerous, because the tarmac is slippery out of the one-and-a-half metres clean line and it's easy to lose control of the bike if you get out of it."

MotoGP, 2004, MARLBORO GRAND PRIX OF QATAR, QP2, Marco Melandri

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