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Frustrated Melandri goes on the attack

Frustrated Melandri goes on the attack

Former 250cc World Champion and MotoGP runner-up Marco Melandri has launched a scathing attack on the resources dedicated to Fausto Gresini's Honda satellite outfit, following on from complaints in recent weeks about a lack of horsepower in comparison with factory team riders Dani Pedrosa and Nicky Hayden.

Former 250cc World Champion and MotoGP runner-up Marco Melandri has launched a scathing attack on the resources dedicated to Fausto Gresini's Honda satellite outfit, following on from complaints in recent weeks about a lack of horsepower in comparison with factory team riders Dani Pedrosa and Nicky Hayden.

The Italian has been vocal about what he feels is a serious disadvantage as he attempts to mount a title challenge this year, with his frustrations reaching an all-time high following last Sunday's race at Jerez. "I'm very disappointed and angry, because once again I spent another big race thinking only about finishing, not winning," commented Melandri in his diary on his official website.

"All winter it was said that I would have factory machinery on a par with that of Nicky Hayden and Dani Pedrosa, but the reality is that I still have the same problem I had on day one with the 800cc and no test has done anything for me. My team have done everything that they can, but unfortunately some alterations should come from someone a bit higher up," noted the Gresini Honda rider in a thinly-veiled reference to his bosses.

"It bothers me that people think I am mentally fragile. At Jerez I rode my best and took a lot of risks, but all the late, hard braking left my tyres and my race finished after three laps. Finding out where and why the problems happened doesn't interest me, but what I want is a radical change in the front end because it is nearly impossible to go forward," he added in a diary entry made before his final day timesheet-topping performance yesterday at the Circuito de Jerez.

Melandri, who won three races last season, also used the success of one of his title rivals to make a point. "Has anyone ever asked themselves why Yamaha only started to win with Valentino?," he questioned. "Perhaps because they realised that they spent a lot of money on him…so why isn't it the case that money is spent to help me do everything that I ask for?"

Concluding on a positive note, Melandri wished injured 250cc rider Roberto Locatelli well and focused positively on the next race in three weeks time, stating that "For now I am going to try and make the most of everything that I have at my disposal, and I'm fully motivated for a great result."

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MotoGP, 2007, GRAN PREMIO bwin.com DE ESPAÑA, Marco Melandri

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