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Gresini delight at Melandri deal

Gresini delight at Melandri deal

Gresini delight at Melandri deal

Fausto Gresini expressed his delight at the capture of promising Italian youngster Marco Melandri to run as team-mate to Sete Gibernau at Telefonica Movistar Honda. The 22 year old scored two podium finishes for Yamaha this season and Gresini said that he had been tracking the former 250cc World Champion's progress for some time.

"I'm very satisfied and proud to announce that Marco Melandri will ride for us next season," said Gresini. "We tried to do something together since Marco moved in the 250 class but we never succeeded.

"Now we have finally reached an agreement thanks to the support of Telefonica MoviStar and Honda. I'm sure that we can offer Marco the right atmosphere to work and that he will give us many satisfactions.

"Being an Italian team, we are very happy to have an Italian rider, the last time it happened was in 1999 with Loris Capirossi. This is the start of a new adventure for us and we are ready for it."

MotoGP, 2004, Marco Melandri

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