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Melandri happier following test improvement

Melandri happier following test improvement

After struggling to find his rhythm in Sepang last week Marco Melandri took a positive step in the bright, sunny conditions of Wednesday's Phillip Island test sessions to leave him smiling at the end of the day.

After struggling to find his rhythm in Sepang last week Marco Melandri took a positive step in the bright, sunny conditions of Wednesday's Phillip Island test sessions to leave him smiling at the end of the day.

Having lurked at the wrong end of the timesheets in Malaysia, the Italian looked far more comfortable at the Australian circuit and was sixth on the timesheet as the first day of the latest MotoGP test came to its conclusion.

The new Ducati Marlboro recruit's best effort of 1'30.869s meant he was just over half a second behind his World Champion team-mate Casey Stoner – who was second quickest - after putting in 99 laps focussing on the base settings of his Desmosedici GP8.

With some important Bridgestone tyre testing to come on Thursday, Melandri still has plenty of work ahead of him, but could afford to be satisfied with his day's work.

"The test has started well, so I'm pretty happy. From the first lap I felt very good with the bike and this track is good for Ducati. I'm working a lot and my team is working pretty well," Melandri told motogp.com.

"We've got a lot of information from the tests before and we've started already with a different kind of geometry. We are still working a lot on the chassis and weight distribution and I still have to find my base."

Tags:
MotoGP, 2008, Marco Melandri, Ducati Marlboro Team

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