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Melandri promises to 'keep fighting'

The Italian will take part in his first WSBK race since Yamaha confirmed it will exit the series at the end of the season.
Marco Melandri has vowed to stay focused for the final four rounds of the 2011 World Superbike Championship season as attention falls on Yamaha ahead of the Nurburgring following the summer break.

Yamaha recently shocked the WSBK paddock by announcing its withdrawal from the series at the end of the season, a move that comes despite the manufacturer enjoying a strong year with Melandri and Eugene Laverty at the helm.

With both Melandri and Laverty having had contracts in place with Yamaha for 2012, the pair head into the final four rounds eager to show what they can do to prospective employers in World Superbikes and possibly MotoGP.

Though Melandri's title hopes took a knock after Carlos Checa's dominant double win at Silverstone, the Italian isn't giving up the fight heading to the Nurburgring, which represents another new circuit for him to learn.

"The Nurburgring is another new track for me this year, but I'm looking forward to experiencing it. I'm glad to be getting going again after the summer holidays and I'm determined to do my best and keep fighting until the end of the championship.

“I like the look of the track from what I've seen on TV. It's quite technical and I'm sure it will be a lot of fun. The weather forecast doesn't look so good for Sunday but it changes from day to day so I'm hoping between now and then it'll improve a little. We'll soon see."



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Skidlid - Unregistered

August 30, 2011 7:41 PM

I feel very sorry for Marco after riding well for Honda in MOTOGP but left at the bottom of factory bike the pile, he jumped ship to Ducati that move nearly ended his career, i think both physically and mentally. So on to Kawasaki they then pulled the plug and some team painted the bike black and threw it at the grid 1 season later they were gone. Ok a move to the super bikes with Yamaha looked like a good bet 1 season later they also pull the plug. Say what you want about Marco i think he deserves a good ride with a team that's going to race for a few years, the blokes a talent going to waste. Good luck finding a ride next year.



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