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Melandri to stay with Yamaha for 2012

The Italian has adapted to the rigours of Superbike racing this season, winning at Donington Park, Motorland Aragon and Brno so far.
Marco Melandri has pledged his commitment to the World Superbike Championship by revealing he has signed on with Yamaha for another season.

The former MotoGP runner-up made the switch to the production-based series after a lengthy spell in the grand prix paddock and has promptly established himself as a title contender with Yamaha.

After eight rounds and three wins, earning him a current third position in the overall standings, Melandri has reiterated his desire to stay in the championship for the foreseeable future, telling Italian publication Motosprint that he will be in Superbikes next season.

"Yes, next year I'll still be here in Superbike,” he said. "After changing four bikes and four teams in the last four years I am very happy to be able to build something that will last rather than having to start over again every time."

With Melandri's team-mate Eugene Laverty also contracted for 2012, Yamaha will head into next season with an unchanged rider line-up for the first time since Troy Corser and Noriyuki Haga were retained for 2008.



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Gixxer - Unregistered

July 26, 2011 8:23 PM

I love the picture, Melandri is a good person for WSBK as he has a personality and Grit which is sadly lacking with a lot of the Motogp corporate clones. I alsoo find it funny how every time a comment on an ex grand prix rider in WSBK is made how everyone is looking forward to have the next GP rider in WSBK. I think thats all that needs to be said about how poor the show is in MOTOGP compared to WSBK.



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