New to here

Tickets purchase
VideoPass purchase

Melandri reviews tough race

Melandri reviews tough race

Another Italian pushing hard on home soil over the weekend was Marco Melandri who did a good job again for the Hayate Racing Team.

Eighth place at Misano for Marco Melandri was by no means a spectacular result for the Italian rider, but he was satisfied that he and his Hayate Racing crew had done another good job at round thirteen - after he started the race in twelfth on the grid and worked his way through the pack in the early running.

The 27 year-old former 250cc World Champion tried for much of the race to overcome Finn Mika Kallio, who was riding a factory Desmosedici as Melandri did last season, though ultimately the former Ducati man was unable to get past the MotoGP rookie on this occasion.

Describing how the 28-lap contest had gone from his point of view, Melandri told, “It was a tough race. I was lucky on the first corner because De Angelis made a mistake and brought down some other riders, but I had a good start so I was away from the crash. I was sixth after two corners but I couldn’t really push because the feeling with a new tyre is always very difficult, but after that things got better. I was following Kallio, but on some corners he was faster than me and in other places I was faster than him, so it was tough.”

“Every time I tried to recover time on him and pass him I made a mistake and the bike was quite difficult to ride, so I couldn’t catch the guys in front of me. Anyway overall it was a good race because we were not far away from the second group and that was my goal. I’m now already looking forward to the next round.”

MotoGP, 2009, GP CINZANO DI SAN MARINO E DELLA RIVIERA DI RIMINI, Marco Melandri, Hayate Racing Team

Other updates you may be interested in ›