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Melandri beats Gibernau to the podium

Melandri beats Gibernau to the podium

Melandri beats Gibernau to the podium

Marco Melandri took third place in the Chinese GP today and, in the process, prevented his Movistar Honda MotoGP team-mate Sete Gibernau from getting to the podium.

The third position finish for Melandri sees him make the podium twice in the first three races of the season so far. He first took the podium at Jerez and then followed that up with a fourth place finish at Estoril. His third place today puts him second in the overall championship standings.

"I'm very happy with this result," said Melandri. It could have been a great weekend for the team if it was dry. Unfortunately the rain spoiled everything. This morning I had difficulties and I made only a few laps. At the first laps of the race I was not very confident and lost a lot of positions.

"Lap by lap I started to know my bike better on wet and started to go faster. Being 9th, I started to recover positions till I was 4th. In the last laps I saw that I could push harder so I finished third. I'm very happy for this result and my 2nd position in the championship."

Gibernau started the race in pole position and had been on excellent form during the morning warm-ups. He made 8 very fast laps in a row on wet and was looked focused. His pole-position start soon disappeared when Rossi stormed ahead and dominated the proceedings. Gibernau now trails Rossi by a substantial 37 points.

"I'm very disappointed because during the weekend we had done good work," said Gibernau. This morning on wet I was confident and made 8 fast laps in a row. For the race we chose a harder tyre that, according to Michelin technicians, should have given us advantages with less water on track than this morning.

"During the warm up lap I did not have a good feeling but I couldn't change tyre. The bike vibrated since the beginning and I had no confidence. I did my best to finish the race and get as much points as possible in these difficult situations."

MotoGP, 2005, TAOBAO.COM GRAND PRIX OF CHINA, Marco Melandri

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