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Gibernau and Melandri ready to go all out

Gibernau and Melandri ready to go all out

Gibernau and Melandri ready to go all out

Movistar Honda's Sete Gibernau is still looking for his first win of the season and last year's championship runner-up sees every Grand Prix as an opportunity to break his duck. The Spaniard's best result at this circuit was a fifth place with Honda in 1999, but he will fight hard to hold on to second place in the standings in the closing stages of the season. It is an honour his team-mate, Marco Melandri, will also be fighting for after losing second spot following the last race in the Czech Republic.

"We've got a very tough end to the season ahead of us, but I'm hopeful that for my team it is a trip that will motivate us in the search for my first victory of the season," said Gibernau. "I really want it and as far as I am concerned every Grand Prix represents a new opportunity. Japan is not a circuit that has gone particularly well for us over the past few years, but I feel motivated to try and get the right result."

"You have to be physically and mentally ready to stick with the pace over the next month and a half and we are. Honda are also making a great effort to continue improving. It is their circuit and it is very important for our team to do well there."

After a strong start to his 2005 campaign, Melandri seems to have lost his momentum and has only scored 19 points in his last four outings.

"This final sprint will be very tough for everybody, maybe even more so than in past seasons," commented Melandri. "I'm still concentrating on my job and thinking only from race to race as I have done up to now. Recovering second place in the championship will be an extra motivation for both myself and the team, who have done a good job throughout the season and always believed in my ability, although we still have to take things step by step."

"I have good and bad memories from Japan – the best is from 2003, my first season in MotoGP, when I was touched at the first corner and ran off the track, but made a good come-back to finish fifth. My worst memory is from 2001, when I was riding in 250cc: I crashed, Kato ran over the top of me and I had to be airlifted out in a helicopter."

MotoGP, 2005, GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN, Marco Melandri

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