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Melandri reflects on initial Ducati experience

Melandri reflects on initial Ducati experience

After a day and a half of acquainting himself with his new Desmosedici V4 plaything Ducati Marlboros Italian recruit for 2008, Marco Melandri, revealed his early findings from the Valencia 07-08 winter test at the Ricardo Tormo circuit.

After a day and a half of acquainting himself with his new Desmosedici V4 plaything Ducati Marlboros Italian recruit for 2008, Marco Melandri, revealed his early findings from the Valencia 07-08 winter test at the Ricardo Tormo circuit.

The 25 year-old former 250cc World Champion and MotoGP runner-up was not amongst the leading riders in terms of lap times at the Spanish venue, but late on Wednesday he made some adjustments which resulted in an improvement of his feeling with the title winning machinery now at his disposal.

´Today we worked a lot on the engine and electronics, to understand how the bike reacts to every kind of change,´ explained Melandri. ´It´s been demanding because the throttle feeling is very different to what I´m used to. This afternoon we started working on the chassis, making some important, if not radical, changes.´

´During the last half hour of the day I could feel we were improving and that we were starting to go in the right direction for my riding style. It was maybe too late to better my lap time but the sensation was really encouraging. Generally I´m very happy because I´m beginning to understand this bike´s huge potential. All I´ve got to do is work hard to get it set up for my style.´

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MotoGP, 2007, Marco Melandri

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