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Melandri reflects on mixed Jerez visit

Melandri reflects on mixed Jerez visit

Still struggling with the Ducati Desmosedici GP8, factory team newcomer Marco Melandri's time to become accustomed to his new machine is fast running out.

Still struggling with the Ducati Desmosedici GP8, factory team newcomer Marco Melandri's time to become accustomed to his new machine is fast running out. The Italian was one of the riders with the most laps to his name over the course of the three day MotoGP Official Test, and had a mixed experience with a varied workload.

Melandri was 15th fastest overall in a timesheet affected by the use of qualifying tyres towards the conclusion of the test. The former MotoGP World Championship runner-up reviewed his testing schedule with a frank analysis after the final day, under no illusions about the task that lies ahead in the final preseason outing.

"I've been pretty busy over the past three days. The first day we worked well on the front of the bike, and we were happy with that, but on the last day we experienced problems with the rear," said the former Honda rider.

"We tried to change things in a big way, but didn't improve as we like. We'll keep things the same with the front at Qatar and try more things with the rear."

Melandri had a rare opportunity to try his hand at wet weather riding, something with which he has experienced considerable success over the past two years, although he was not able to gain too much data from his time in the rain.

"In the wet it was pretty difficult at the beginning, but at the start of the ‘qualifying session' when it was completely wet, we weren't so bad. I'd wasted one of my tyres in the early morning crash, which meant I couldn't use that."

A final preseason test for Melandri comes in Qatar, where he was one of the first riders to try out the new floodlit setup.

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

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