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Melandri honoured in Italy

Melandri honoured in Italy

Melandri honoured in Italy

Marco Melandri enjoyed a hugely successful 2005 campaign taking second overall behind MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi and securing his two first victories in the premier class in the process. After a short break, the Fortuna Honda rider was back in his native Ravenna last weekend where he was honoured for his excellent performances.

The Italian rider was welcomed by city officials including Ravenna mayor Vidmer Mercatali, as well as various individuals who have supported Melandri at some point during his career. "It's well deserved recognition for a sportsman who's a front-runner in motorcycling, one of most popular disciplines here in Ravenna and in the region. He contributes to the fame of our city by performing well at world level," said the mayor.

Many fans gathered at the 'Piazza del Popolo' to cheer Melandri and get a picture and an autograph from the MotoGP star. The event marked the end of Melandri's holiday period with the Italian having taken a short break following an intensive testing schedule after the end of the 2005 season.
"It was pretty relaxing and I had good fun," said Melandri. "For the first time after several tough years, I was able to take a week off without training. For the first three days I just slacked off, before playing beach volley and having fun canoeing. That was really nice."

While the seasonal holidays are already here, for Melandri and most of the MotoGP riders it's now time to resume training to get ready for next year with the Championship kicking off in late March after a busy pre-season testing schedule which resumes in January.

MotoGP, 2005, Marco Melandri

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