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Melandri still waiting on equal machinery

Italian star Marco Melandri starts the 2007 next week with added motivation, as if it were needed, to prove his credentials in the MotoGP class.

Italian star Marco Melandri starts the 2007 season next week with added motivation, as if it were needed, to prove his credentials in the MotoGP class. Having commented after the last visit to Qatar that he was awaiting new parts from the Japanese factory to bring him up to speed with the official riders, he is still yet to receive them but is eager to show what he can do onboard the RC212V.

"I was hoping that we would have progressed a bit more with the engine by the end of preseason. In the past few tests I've seen a big progression with Pedrosa's bike, but we're still waiting for new parts from Honda," commented the former 250cc World Champion.

Melandri was the second-highest finishing Honda in 2006, behind Nicky Hayden, and also took the runner-up spot in 2005 ahead of the American. He heads to Qatar this week well aware that the opening race of 2007 will be a tough challenge.

"Qatar will be a very hard race, because the Yamaha and Ducati riders and Dani Pedrosa are definitely going to be fast. I will be going all-out for a podium, but I have to qualify high up on the grid. If I start from further back it will be a very complicated situation, because we are still lacking a lot of power and this will make it difficult to overtake," concluded the Gresini Honda rider.

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MotoGP, 2007, Marco Melandri

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