Melandri: `I will still be going out to give it my best shot every Sunday´
The GMC Australian Grand Prix promises to be crucial to the outcome of the title chase, with five riders still holding out hope of outright glory. Marco Melandri, fifth in the series on 168 points and with a 46 point gap to leader Nicky Hayden, is keen to once again show his true potential at a circuit he particularly likes .It was here that the Italian lifted the 250cc world title in 2002 at the age of 20 and he currently holds the MotoGP lap record there having clocked 1'30"332 last season.
`I can't wait to race at Phillip Island, a track I really love. I'm glad to be getting straight back on my Honda after a disappointing race at Sepang. I'm motivated to have a good race and get back to the competitive level I know I should be at. The championship is really difficult for me now but I will still be going out to give it my best shot every Sunday. In Malaysia we worked hard over the three days to find the right feeling with the front end. Hopefully we can start off on the right foot at Phillip Island, a track which requires a perfect set-up´.
`The team are doing a great job at the moment and we're taking steps forward every time. That's why I'm really looking forward to the next round at Phillip Island, a circuit I really like a lot. The design is beautiful and the track is one of the fastest and most spectacular in the world. Just the speed makes it very technical and difficult to understand, it's very demanding´.
`I've always had good results here – firstly in the 250s and then last year in MotoGP, when we had two really good days of practice and I qualified seventh. Hopefully I can do that again this year but with a better end result´.