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The way I see it, there are two problems here.
Firstly Melandri is Melandri. Able to beat anyone on his day (few people can say they have gone head to head with Rossi and won). God awful the next (See Ducati website for more details). Basically when it's not working 100% Marco loses his head and seems to think the world has ended. A shame, because he is a MotoGP runner up, 250 champ, 125 runner up... when it is working he is seriously good.
Second issue. In this day and age, the grid is so small that everyone has to impress to earn another year. All the team managers are looking for the next Rossi, next Pedrosa, next Spies etc so there is very little continuity. Let's see how many of Simoncelli, Barbera, Aoyama and Bautista are in MotoGP in 3 years. Guys like Elias and Melandri are good enough for MotoGP but the teams don't keep them because they are def NOT the next big thing. It's the reason Dovi is getting pushed from Repsol despite a better season - he is good, but the guy is nev