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Melandri returns to podium places

Melandri returns to podium places

Melandri returns to podium places

Fortuna Honda rider Marco Melandri, still suffering from physical discomfort caused by his crash in Catalunya, finished second at the German GP in one of the most exciting races of the season. The Italian, who was a model of consistency throughout qualifying all weekend, made a strong start and managed to maintain his excellent pace throughout the 30-lap race.

His battles, first with Pedrosa and then with Rossi, turned the race into a spectacular feast of overtaking manoeuvres as the riders battled to make the podium at the Sachsenring. Melandri achieved his fourth podium place in 2006, two of them in last two races, that let him to struggle for top places in general standings. Team-mate Toni Elias, who bravely finished the race despite his own injury problems, came home in the points in 11th.

Marco Melandri
"It was an incredible battle. At Donington the fight was for first place, but here in Germany it was for first position all the way through. I had a great battle with Pedrosa at first and then later with Valentino. I believe the fans will have enjoyed it as much as I did, it was a lot of fun. I tried to overtake Rossi lots of times on that final lap but he closed the door every time. In the recent races we have been right up there at the front and I believe that is a good sign. We must keep up our good work as the team are doing a great job." Toni Elias
"Our objective was to finish the race and I think I can be satisfied with my performance given my physical condition. From lap eight I really began to feel the pain and the only way to cope was to ride hard in bursts. To race in these conditions is really hard, especially at such a demanding circuit. It was the first race with my new technician and we understood each other very well, but there is still a lot of work to do. Laguna Seca is another very demanding circuit and I hope to be able to get some rest in before then."


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