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Gibernau and Melandri eager to fight back

Gibernau and Melandri eager to fight back

Gibernau and Melandri eager to fight back

Sete Gibernau promised in Germany that he would be back to win races and his first attempt will be at Brno, a circuit where he has taken two podium finishes from his last two visits, with second place in 2003 and victory last season in one of his most enjoyable races. With four rostrums to show for his efforts in the first part of 2005, the Spaniard is keen to return to his best form in the final stages of the season. Melandri, Gibernau, Edwards and Biaggi are separated by just one point in the current standings and the chase for runner-up spot looks like going right to the wire this year.

"The holidays have been short but intense. I spent the first week travelling in Turkey and after that I returned home to Switzerland to continue my physical training programme," said the Spaniard. "I managed to disconnect and get back to work with plenty of energy. I'm looking forward to having fun on the bike again, having good races and Brno is always a circuit I look forward to going to."

"Last year we won in the Czech Republic and I remember it as one of the most enjoyable races of the season. That victory and the good sensations I left with from the last race in Germany mean that I'm returning to the championship feeling mentally strong. You shouldn't wait until it comes to a circuit you like before you believe you can win, but I think that this a good time for me to go to Brno and now we just have to work hard so that we get a result to match."

Melandri is hoping to continue his explosive start to the season as he searches for his maiden victory in the class that has been on the cards for some time. Sete, Edwards and Biaggi will all be looking to make life hard for the youngster as he aims to hang on to the runner-up spot he has held for the majority of the championship so far. Marco says he is as fresh as he was at the start of the season and Brno is one of the circuits he feels at his most comfortable. It was there that he claimed a sixth straight victory in 2002 on the way to the 250cc World Championship title.

"We all needed a bit of a rest to recharge the batteries, although the truth is that I only took a week of complete holidays. I went to Mykonos, a beautiful island that really helps me to relax. The break was really good for me; I feel in top shape, like at the start of the season, and I'm really looking forward to getting back on the bike, especially at Brno because it is a circuit I love and I have had some great races there. My best memory is from 2002 because I scored my sixth straight win and it helped me to win the 250cc title."

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MotoGP, 2005, GAULOISES GRAND PRIX ČESKÉ REPUBLIKY, Marco Melandri

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