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Melandri hoping for holiday contract.

Marco Melandri hopes to have a 2010 contract 'in his pocket' by the time he goes on holiday during the MotoGP summer break, which runs from July 26 to August 16.

After some giant-killing early season rides, the reality of riding an unofficial and underdeveloped Kawasaki ZX-RR, under the Hayate Racing banner, seems to be kicking in.

The 26-year-old Italian, who took three top-six finishes in the first four rounds - including a superb second in wet/dry conditions at Le Mans - has been a best of tenth in the last four rounds, dropping him from fifth in the championship to joint seventh.

With a 2010 Kawasaki U-turn regarding an official MotoGP entry highly unlikely, Melandri will need to find alternative employment next season, and has been linked most strongly with a return to Gresini Honda and to a lesser extent a Rizla Suzuki seat.

A return to Ducati is unthinkable, while Yamaha - for whom Melandri made his MotoGP debut as a factory rider in 2003 and took his first two podiums with Tech 3 early in 2004 (before a nightmare run of results) - has expressed little public interest.

“Now there are two more interesting races to come and we need to work hard and find a good bike for the future!” Melandri wrote on his official website, regarding the German and British rounds which take place before the start of the summer break.

“I really hope that I'll be going on holiday with a contract in my pocket for a different 2010, but in any case I'll stay positive and never give up!”

Melandri won five races and claimed 17 podiums as a Gresini Honda rider between 2005 and 2007, when he also finished runner-up to Valentino Rossi in the 2005 World Championship, before a disastrous switch to Ducati for 2008.

Gresini Honda has confirmed that Melandri is on the shortlist to join 250cc world champion Marco Simoncelli at the team next season. Like Melandri, Gresini hopes to make a decision on its second rider by the end of July.



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Loris Reggiani - Unregistered

July 16, 2009 12:57 PM

Having been written off by so many posts on here last year Marco has proven his undoubted class with results on a bike which, as a factory bike last year, was nowhere near this position. I feel strongly that Marco should be on a Factory bike & if the bike suited his style he would always be a strong podium maybe even title contender. Hopefully he will get at least the "Factory" Gresini ride & that he deserves & is pushing for sooner rather than later... he obviously knows Hayate have had their 15mins of fame. Good Luck Marco!!!

Jamaal - Unregistered

July 17, 2009 7:26 AM

Marco is the most underrated rider in MotoGP. I think there are two people Rossi really feared and one of them was Marco. Once Marco started winning on the Honda, Rossi started giving him the cold shoulder. I think if Marco got back on a Honda, we would see a serious sleeping giant awaken. I am a Rossi fan but Marco is fast and has some serious untapped potential.



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