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Melandri wants podium chance.

Marco Melandri is aiming to be a regular podium threat on his return to Honda Gresini, during the 2010 MotoGP World Championship.

The Italian claimed all five of his MotoGP race wins with Gresini during 2005-2007, but was tempted away by an ill-fated offer of a factory Ducati ride.

Melandri returns in 2010 having pulled a shock podium finish out of an unfancied ride with the Hayate Racing Team this season, following Kawasaki's factory withdraw.

The 2005 MotoGP World Championship runner-up finished the Valencia post-race test in fifth position - seventh on combined times over all three days - after lapping one second from the front.

“We succeeded in improving my lap times and collecting important data. My target in 2010 is to be close to the podium so I hope that the new [2010] bike will work well,” he said. “Now I look forward to the winter break.”

Melandri, who finished tenth in the 2009 world championship, will be back on track at Sepang in February.

Fellow Italian and 2010 MotoGP star rookie Marco Simoncelli was 0.92sec slower than the #33.

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November 14, 2009 5:26 AM

honda WILL give marco the same factory support that elias recieved,he will also be the top sattelite rider for 2010,and replace dovizioso in 2011. how the f4ck can you NOT support marco with full factory support?,this seasons showing by marco on the hayate should have HRC waiting with hard ons for 2010 :blush:. id love simoncelli to be top gresini finisher next season,but i think marco m has a f4cking big point to prove to everyone!!! best of luck to him,hes a top bloke!! :) :) :) :) :) :)

bri t

November 11, 2009 7:14 PM

So glad to see Marco on a bike he can be competitive on. The lad could slide front and rear of that Gresini in the past. (But so could I on a frozen ASDA car park on me old Z200 :p ) and hopefully he can find the same form where he can really push the bike to its limits and maintain his poise. Go Marco!!

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