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Melandri renews Gresini contract for 2007

Melandri renews Gresini contract for 2007

Melandri renews Gresini contract for 2007

After much speculation linking him with a move to Ducati, Marco Melandri will continue to ride for the Gresini Honda Team in MotoGP next season having signed a one -year deal with Fausto Gresini.

The renewal of the contract was announced on Saturday morning by Gresini during the official ceremony of the 35th Anniversary of Honda Italy in Atessa (CH).

Since the start of their MotoGP alliance, Melandri and the Gresini team have claimed 5 wins and 14 podiums in total. The 24 year old Italian rider finished second in the championship last year, and this season has taken three victories and is still fighting for the title.

Melandri was delighted with the contract renovation, stating that "I'm really happy to continue working with Fausto Gresini. For me it was very important to find a team that allowed me to work at the top and at ease. Now we have all the elements to take a big step forward. After two difficult months, I'm happy to keep on working with Fausto Gresini who has always believed in me, supporting me in every situation. After two years together I look confidently to next year and hope to reach important goals. I'm really happy with the team around me, we're all working well together. Now I can focus on the two final races, trying to do my best at every GP".

Gresini also showed his satisfaction with keeping Melandri for 2007. "I'm very pleased to announce the renewal of the contract with Marco Melandri for the 2007 season. This was our main target and today we are really happy to have met it. I have always believed in Marco's potential, and during these two seasons together he has reached great results, demonstrating that he is a top rider. It's a great pleasure to make this announcement on the occasion of the 35th Anniversary of Honda Italy, with whom we have a long lasting and active cooperation. Now we can start working to complete the team with Marco's team mate. We hope to confirm soon a strong line up, as it has been in the past three seasons."

The statement from Gresini does, however, cast doubt on the future of Toni Elias, the Spanish rider currently on the second Fortuna Honda bike.

MotoGP, 2006, Marco Melandri

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