Marco Melandri (and Manuela) - Q&A

“We were fighting for the championship but nobody had a job for the next year” - Marco Melandri.
By Christian Tiburtius

An exclusive interview with Goldbet BMW star Marco Melandri, a world champion in the 250GP class and title runner-up in both MotoGP and World Superbike.

Melandri is again in contention for this year's WSBK title, sitting third in the standings with eight races remaining, but will need a new team for 2014 following the news that BMW are withdrawing factory support at the end of this year.

A brief Q&A with Melandri's girlfriend, Manuela Raffaeta, follows the interview with Marco...
It was a far better day yesterday than Silverstone but you still looked a little unhappy? (Marco interviewed directly after the German round)

Marco Melandri:
Yeah we had a bit of bad luck yesterday in that it was strange to see the red flag in two races in a row on the same lap. In the second race I couldn't believe it. I thought it was a joke.

I was very sad because in race one I was leading and the win was possible and in race two, for sure it was more difficult but in the last lap, anything could have happened. Chaz, Eugene and me were all trying to win and were capable of doing it so I think it was going to be a very exciting last lap.

In Silverstone I blew up an engine in Superpole and had to start from the fifth row and that was made worse by the weather conditions being so difficult. In race two I went straight on when catching the top guys because I missed a gear. At the moment we're sometimes struggling with the gearbox.
Are you still optimistic for the title?

Marco Melandri:
Yeah, for sure anything is possible. It's going to be very tough, we're missing a lot of points but we've still got 200 points on the table and I think our bike is working well. Actually, I've got nothing to lose and I'll just push race by race. I'll go for the win race by race because I've got to make up the points to the leading guys, I can't really make a strategy, I've just got to push every time.
Is Chaz Davies pushing you harder than previous team-mates?

Marco Melandri:
I don't know because sometimes Leon [Haslam] was also very strong, but for sure Chaz is riding very well now. He brakes so strongly that he's not easy to pass. I think it's good for you to have such a strong team-mate though because we push each other more and more. A strong team-mate always increases your speed.
On your Wikipedia page it says that you live in England but I heard that you live in Italy, where do you live?

Marco Melandri:
I live in Italy, I moved back to Italy at the beginning of 2009. I used to live just a few miles from Donington and now I live a few miles from Imola so I always like to be close to a race track!
Are you recognised a lot?

Marco Melandri:

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Related Pictures

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Melandri, Spanish WSBK Race 1 2012
Melandri, U.S. WSBK 2014.
Melandri with Wayne Rainey, U.S. WSBK 2014.
Melandri, U.S. WSBK 2014.
Melandri, U.S. WSBK 2014.
Melandri, U.S. WSBK 2014.
Melandri, U.S. WSBK 2014.
Melandri, U.S. WSBK 2014.
Melandri, U.S. WSBK 2014.
Melandri, U.S. WSBK 2014.
Melandri, U.S. WSBK 2014.
Melandri, U.S. WSBK 2014.
Sykes, Melandri, Monterey Aquarium, U.S. WSBK 2014.
Laverty, Yates, Iddon, Haslam, Melandri, Pegram, Davies, Ulrich, Sykes, Barrier, Monterey Aquarium, U.S. WSBK 2014.
Melandri, Baz, Camier, U.S. WSBK 2014.
Melandri ,Guitoli, Portuguese WSBK race2 2014
Melandri, Portuguese WSBK race2 2014
Davies, Melandri and Guintoli, Portuguese WSBK race2 2014

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September 10, 2013 6:08 PM

Good stuff from Marco.. This man was the first Italian kid that was supposed to beat Rossi!! Allways enjoy Marco but i think he had bad luck around the Teams he was.. He was also a bit bad boy on is young age and sometimes he lack the Chill part that was needed to control himself a lot better.. Last year he had a chance to set the world on fire he fail maybe because of the doubts arounf BMW but he need to be more mental strong and have confidence on himself.. i still say the same this guys could had been one of the geats at Motogp if he had been so suported has riders like Pedrosa for exemple i can bet that Marco would had WON one at least ONE Motogp Title.. I hope that he Find one Team where he can build is worck with love and expirence to have FUN.. Maybe Aprilia will be the right Place but since aim Kawa fan i defenatly whanted to wach him on the Green.. Is 31 years old now a mature rider that can take one Team on a good direction has he did with BMW..

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