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Melandri takes his third podium place in a row

Melandri takes his third podium place in a row

Melandri takes his third podium place in a row

The suffering heat that has been present throughout the three days of the US Grand Prix at Laguna Seca made things tough for the MotoGP field today but Fortuna Honda rider Marco Melandri came through it with a creditable third place finish, a result that moves him up to third in the overall standings on 150 points.

Despite the tough conditions Marco's great physical shape kept him going to the end and he was able to make the most of the great job done by his mechanics to set the bike up during practice.

His team-mate Toni Elias, still suffering from shoulder problems, struggled in the difficult conditions and finished fifteenth. The next round takes place in the Czech Republic on August 20.

Marco Melandri
"It was a really tough race for me because I still haven't fully recovered from my injuries from Catalunya. I got away well but it was hard at the start to keep the pace up. From lap 15 my feeling with the bike improved and i was able to make a few positions up. I was faster in the second half of the race. This is a very good result for me and I think we've done a good job in the first half of the season. Hopefully I can be back on the podium at Brno!" Toni Elias
"It was a really tough race. The heat and my shoulder made things really hard. I got a bad start but lapped with the Ducatis and Carlos Checa but ran off track in the Corkscrew on lap 15 and fell. I got back in the race but was down in fifteenth place. Now I have chance for the rest I really need before the next round at. Hopefully I can be back to 100% at Brno"

MotoGP, 2006, RED BULL U.S. GRAND PRIX, Marco Melandri

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