MotoGP »

Melandri: Finally a step forward

"At last! Finally we have taken a step forward with our braking issues..."
Marco Melandri, whose own Honda Gresini team has been publically doubting his commitment, thinks a braking breakthrough may finally have been made with his RC212V.

After claiming a competitive seventh place during Friday at Sepang, the Italian - heading for WSBK with Yamaha in 2011 - claimed that a radical set-up combined with a new part from Honda had made the difference.

"At last! Finally we have taken a step forward with our braking issues," said Melandri. "We have been working hard all season without finding anything but we made improvements in a few areas today and I am very happy.

"We decided to go for a radical set-up compared to usual and luckily enough it worked. Honda have also provided us with a new part for the front end that I feel has helped us take this step forward.

"Now we have to work hard without making too many changes and improve on what we already have to make sure we have a good qualifying practice tomorrow."

Melandri's hasn't had a top six finish since round four in Italy.

Rookie team-mate Marco Simoncelli was eleventh on Friday.



Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Melandri, Japanese MotoGP 2010
Iannone, Marco Rigamonti Valencia MotoGP 2016
Iannone, Marco Rigamonti Valencia MotoGP 2016
Iannone, Marco Rigamonti Valencia MotoGP 2016
Iannone, Valencia MotoGP 2016
Sepang final Turn (pic: Peter McLaren)
Banner, San Marino Moto2 2016
Ezpeleta, Paulo Simoncelli, San Marino MotoGP 2016
Ezpeleta, Paulo Simoncelli, San Marino MotoGP 2016
Ezpeleta, Paulo Simoncelli, San Marino MotoGP 2016
Rossi, displaying Simoncelli`s number, 58, on his helmet. Austrian MotoGP Race 2016
Banner, Dutch Moto3 2016
Abraham makes KTM debut (pic: Marco Campelli KTM Media Library)
Vinales, Sepang MotoGP test, February 2016
Crutchlow, Sepang MotoGP test, February 2016
Crutchlow, Sepang MotoGP test, February 2016
Crutchlow, Sepang MotoGP test, February 2016
Crutchlow, Sepang MotoGP test, February 2016

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.




© 1999 - 2016 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.