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Melandri gets geared up for Jerez

Melandri gets geared up for Jerez

Melandri gets geared up for Jerez

Marco Melandri is set for his first season with the Telefonica Movistar Honda team, teaming up with the 2004 and 2003 runner-up Sete Gibernau. Having performed well during the winter tests, the young Italian is confident for his debut as a Honda rider.

Before the start of the season, he also took part in the new XPD promotional campaign, with a photo shoot in which he only wore his new boots…and nothing else. "When they came up with the idea, I just thought ‘Why not?'. At first I felt a bit uneasy, but it didn't took me long to feel more comfortable. In the end, it was a funny experience," said the Italian.

Concerning his move to Honda and his new team, Melandri declared: "I have finally found once again the desire to ride. I am having fun on the bike and I have found a team that believes in me and supports the work I do. In the Gresini team I have found the ideal work environment and with the RC211V an extraordinary bike which adapts well to my riding style. I really like the bike, and each time I ride it I try to get to know it better, to listen to it."

"I can't wait to get on the track in Jerez. It is a circuit I really like because it is technical. The circuit requires a fluid ride. The time is made on the quick corners, especially the last two right ones. The best places to overtake are at the end of the two straights. Jerez is nice not only for the track but also for its spectators. The sensation that you feel when you enter the stadium is incredible. From a spectator point of view, I think it is the most fascinating GP of the entire Championship."

Melandri was also pleased by the work done during the last official test held at Jerez: "The work brought forward in Jerez has been very important as I have been able to improve my race pace. Every day I did about 90 laps and on the third day I dedicated myself to a race simulation. During this testing occasion in Jerez, I have been able to try the bike in wet conditions. It was my first time with the RCV in the wet and I had very positive feedback."

"On Sunday I even had the chance to make my single lap time better as Michelin allowed me to use qualifying tyres. Therefore I was able to practise and I must admit that I am very pleased with my timed lap, the second best time overall on Sunday. Now I feel as though I am a more complete rider and I am ready for the 2005 challenge."


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