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Melandri clinches second win of the season

Melandri clinches second win of the season

Melandri clinches second win of the season

Fortuna Honda rider Marco Melandri, after a spectacular race, clinched his second win of the season at the GP of France held at the Le Mans circuit. In changeable weather conditions, the Italian rode an intelligent and consistent race, maintaining a superb pace throughout. He knew exactly when to attack and, in doing so, made sure he ended on the top step of the podium.

The race, which was incident-packed, proved to be one of the most exciting GP of the season with the riders somewhat unsure due to the conditions. Melandri lapped consistently and, when leader Valentino Rossi was forced out, timed his attack to perfection to emerge victorious. His second triumph of the season sees him move up to second in the championship with 79 points.

Marco Melandri
"It was an incredible race! Obviously I am very satisfied as I was not expecting it. At the start the weather conditions were very changeable and I put on a hard rear tyre for the race after talking to the Michelin mechanics. I got away well and that allowed me to lead on the first lap. Hopkins then overtook me as my bike was suffering a bit due to the hard tyre, but after a few laps it began to work better and better and I was able to lap near the front. As the laps went by I started to think about winning and I overtook Loris and then, when the time was right, Pedrosa as well. I want to thank the whole team for the great job they did."

Toni Elías
"It was a very difficult day. We still had the same problems in the warm-up and could not find a solution. I got a good start but could not then keep up the pace I wanted. We will stay at the circuit to test and I hope to find some solutions. We will look at the situation and I hope to be back where I deserve soon. I want to congratulate Marco who rode a very intelligent race."

MotoGP, 2006, ALICE GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE, Marco Melandri

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