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Melandri: Simoncelli will get official bike.

Marco Melandri has stated that his 2010 Gresini Honda team-mate Marco Simoncelli will have a factory spec bike, and be the team's number one rider.

Melandri, who took five race wins during three previous seasons at Gresini and finished second in the 2005 world championship, was confirmed as returning to the team in 2010 during this weekend's Czech Republic Grand Prix.

“I'm moving back with Fausto. I had three very good years with him, then two difficult years [at Ducati and Hayate] but gained good experience, so I will be a little bit more mature,” Melandri told the official MotoGP website.

Despite his past success, Melandri believes it will be reigning 250cc world champion Simoncelli who gets a factory-spec RC212V, for his rookie season in the premier-class.

“For sure Simoncelli has the HRC bike so he will be the number one rider, but I just want to do my best and see what's going on,” said Melandri.

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kostis orf - Unregistered

August 17, 2009 3:07 PM

What???????? I can't believe it.Simoncelli,a rookie rider is going to have the factory-supporting bike? Ok.Let's think.If Melandri had the Factory-supporting bike he will definetely finish in top four.Although he will have the de angeli's bike who finishes in top ten.I believe that Melandri will finish top five or six next year.He is a lot better than de angelis

fluff - Unregistered

August 16, 2009 7:12 PM

WTF? The head of HRC just said two days ago that there will be no factory-spec Honda for Simoncelli. Does Marco know something Mr. Suzuki doesn't? Also, why does a rookie get No.1 status when his teammate is a proven GP winner who will hand him his behind for breakfast? Does not make any sense at all, unless the mighty sponsors again had their say in the matter... :rolleyes:

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