Melandri enjoying his time in WSBK

The former MotoGP runner-up says he has no desire to return to the premier series in the short-term having found immediate success in World Superbikes.
Marco Melanderi says his decision to switch from MotoGP to World Superbikes is already paying dividends, the Donington Park race winner claiming to have rediscovered his motivation for racing.

Melandri became the latest high-profile rider to move from the premier motorcycling category this season, following in the wheel-tracks of Max Biaggi and Carlos Checa, the Italian already tasting the winner's champagne in only his third race.

A former MotoGP runner-up, Melandri struggled with consistency towards the end of his tenure, taking in stints with Ducati, Hayate Kawasaki and Gresini Honda before choosing Yamaha in World Superbikes.

Adding that he is not missing competing in MotoGP, Melandri says the motivation to go racing has returned.

“It's been a big change for me, but I am very happy,” he told prior to winning at Donington Park. “I feel the atmosphere is very human, on track there is a big battle, but off the track the riders get on well and the contact with the fans is open. I also find the bike more competitive than I thought it would be.

“When I was in MotoGP I was looking at World Superbikes, and now I am here I will watch every MotoGP race, but after Qatar I can't say I was missing it. To stay there to be a number was not a good reason to stay - I didn't have any more fun riding the bike.

“Here, I find good motivation again and everyday when I wake up, I feel even stronger. I feel like I am back and I have the adrenaline.”

Asked whether he would ever consider a return to MotoGP, Melandri is pledging his direct future to Superbikes, claiming he would only return with a factory operation.

“If I have to go back to MotoGP, I would only do it with a good bike. I don't want to be with a satellite team anymore, I want to have fun riding my bike. Yamaha has one of the best bikes, but this [going back] isn't in my head.”

Melandri's victory at Donington Park was his first world championship win since the 2006 Australian Grand Prix.

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Marco Melandri, Yamaha, Donington Park WSBK, 2011 [pic credit: Ian Hopgood Photography]
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Ducati pack up, Misano WSBK 2017
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Melandri, WSBK Race2, Misano 2017

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Andrew Long

April 04, 2011 12:41 PM

Even if he did go back to Motogp as a WSB winner - there is always a risk that he would end up as a tail-end charlie on a satellite bike like Toni Elias is proving. What's the bet that Mr Elias will be on a WSB next year ?

shamarone - Unregistered

April 04, 2011 10:07 PM

re: "why would anyone want to go to motogp on a satellite effort?" because there exists this long-standing illusion amongst the rider elite that everything connected to "motogp" must somehow be better...? (gold plated loo's etc. etc.) being at the center of everything you would think they would know this NOT to be true. however, quite the opposite is the result. being fully immersed in the demands of motogp year in and year out prevents them from objectively seeing the big picture. how many riders now have stepped down and suddenly began extolling the virtues of wsbk like they were clueless...? why...? because to a degree, "clueless" is EXACTLY what they were.

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