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Melandri: “The first races will not be simple for me"

Melandri: “The first races will not be simple for me'

Marco Melandri sees the opening round of the MotoGP™ World Championship in Qatar as the start of a new challenge.

Aprilia make the return to the MotoGP™ class a year ahead of schedule, a courageous choice driven by the desire to grow more quickly, something they feel they can do better while racing.

This is an ambitious plan, but well within the ability of the designers, engineers and structure of Aprilia Racing, which boasts 54 world championship titles, 28 of which from 2006 to the present, after Aprilia joined the Piaggio Group.

Italian Marco Melandri, already a World Champion on his Aprilia in 2002 (250 Class), MotoGP™ runner-up in 2005 and one of the stars of the WorldSBK scene, will be working hard to develop the RS-GP bike during 2015.

Marco Melandri:
“For me this weekend is the start of a new challenge: returning to MotoGP after several years of absence will not be a walk in the park and I am well aware that the first Grand Prix races will not be simple for me, but I am confident that I'll be able to make progress throughout the season until I find the right feeling to be fast. Unfortunately, besides the time needed to adapt to a completely new technical package compared to the one I was accustomed to, my winter tests were also hindered by physical problems. I had been taking antibiotics until three days ago because of a pesky flu and I still haven't fully recovered. But in any case I hope to be fit for the race weekend where I will give it 100% as always along with my team which is supporting me in the best possible way.”

Romano Albesiano - Aprilia Racing Manager:
“With the Qatar round Aprilia's MotoGP adventure begins. We are well aware that we will be sizing ourselves up against the highest technical and sports level in motorcycling, but we are doing it confident that we have all the means to develop a successful project. Aprilia's sports history demonstrates this. The purpose of the upcoming season for us is to gather data and know-how on MotoGP specific technologies, to strengthen the work group at home and on the track and simultaneously it will allow us to design a prototype and put it on the track in 2016. The constant competition with our rivals, definitely fierce and difficult for us at the moment, will allow us to speed up our growth process in the category, as has already happened during the winter tests.”


MotoGP, 2015, QATAR MOTOGP™ OFFICIAL TEST, Marco Melandri, Aprilia Racing Team Gresini

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