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Melandri sets sights on runner-up spot

Melandri sets sights on runner-up spot

Melandri sets sights on runner-up spot

Having fully recovered from the nasty injury he sustained to his right foot at Motegi four weeks ago, Marco Melandri once again proved in Australia that he is capable of fighting consistently at the front of the MotoGP pack.

Despite being pipped to third by Carlos Checa in a photo-finish at Phillip Island, the Italian now lies second in the championship standings, level on points with Nicky Hayden, and, just like the American, he's determined to finish as best runner-up behind Valentino Rossi.

"It was a really nice race – I fought hard until the end and I was hoping to finish on the podium so it was a shame," said Melandri. "I thought I had Checa under control but he passed me in the slipstream. Despite that I am satisfied – it has been a difficult weekend but this morning the team did a great job and the bike was working really well."

"I gave my maximum and I am happy. I arrived here two points behind Max Biaggi and now I am level with Nicky Hayden in second place. It will be important to do well in the final two races if I want to finish as runner-up in the championship."

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MotoGP, 2005, POLINI AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX, Marco Melandri

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