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Melandri happy with wet 800cc debut

Melandri happy with wet 800cc debut

Melandri happy with wet 800cc debut

Marco Melandri made his 800cc debut yesterday at the Jerez circuit in Spain, which hosts the final MotoGP test of the year until Thursday.

Melandri, a three-time MotoGP race winner in 2006, riding the Gresini Honda RC212V, spent his dry laps fitting himself to the new riding position and learning what he could about the chassis and suspension of machine. There was no time for engine work or mapping changes to the four-cylinder RC212V.

The rain offered the team ideal conditions to test the range of wet tyres that new for 2007 supplier Bridgestone brought to Jerez. Melandri, another rider returning from arm surgery, was impressed with his debut on the RC212V. "My initial impression of the new bike is favourable," the Italian said at the end of his 36-lap stint on the four-cylinder four-stroke.

"It was a good day even when it rained. The bike is so much different to the 990cc but I like it. The feeling is almost same in some ways but the driveability much better, basically because there is less power. The 990cc always wants to push into the corners but the 800cc changes direction so much better, you can focus on riding the bike rather than fighting it into turns. I only got in about 10 laps in the dry before the rain came but I felt good on the wet surface with the Bridgestone tyres. We have two more days and I hope it stays dry because I have to learn as much as possible about this bike, we need many laps during the winter tests."

Press release courtesy of Honda Racing

MotoGP, 2006, Marco Melandri

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