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Old 02-12-2009, 06:11 PM   #1
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Melandri out paces F1 stars on Speedcar debut

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Marco Melandri began his career as a four-wheeled racer in impressive style during free pactice for his maiden Speedcar outing, the MotoGP exile ending up fifth on the grid.

Refusing to sit on the sidelines following Kawasaki's withdrawal from MotoGP, Melandri showed no signs of his limited car racing experience by proving competitive throughout the session, held under floodlights at Losail, Qatar.

Benefiting from knowing the layout of the circuit from his time in MotoGP, Melandri nonetheless admits he was lapping quicker than he had expected.

"I had the advantage of knowing the track but the racing lines are different when comparing a Speedcar to a motorbike. The car understeers quite a lot but I had a great time on the track. It's a difficult car to drive but not as hard as I expected. I had estimated to finish around 10th place so to finish in 5th was a great result."

Melandri is driving a Team Lavaggi prepared car alongside Formula 1 race winner Heinz-Harald Frentzen, whom the Italian out-paced. Other notable scalps included multiple sportscar champion Thomas Biagi and 1997 Formula 1 champion Jacques Villeneuve.
First Stoner beats Massa on the carts and now Marco is kicking .
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I think this will be a great career change for Melandri.. he's had some really really .. and i mean really bad luck in the past 2-3 years racing in MotoGP. He's wrecked a heck lot and has been "demoted" from manufactures every year!

Heck I remember how he even managed to wreck the "SpiderMan" bike which was suppose to be a promotion for the movie and was set to be auctioned off after the race!

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Old 02-14-2009, 03:59 PM   #4
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Old 02-15-2009, 08:43 AM   #5
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I think this will be a great career change for Melandri.. he's had some really really .. and i mean really bad luck in the past 2-3 years racing in MotoGP. He's wrecked a heck lot and has been "demoted" from manufactures every year!

Heck I remember how he even managed to wreck the "SpiderMan" bike which was suppose to be a promotion for the movie and was set to be auctioned off after the race!

That's one way to off your sponsors!
looks like it's set to continue

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Melandri almost wins on Speedcar debut
MotoGP exile Marco Melandri came within four laps of a shock Speedcar Series victory under the lights at Losail in Qatar on Saturday night, but a mechanical failure took him out, handing the victory to F1 star Vitantonio Liuzzi.

Melandri, who started only his second-ever car race from pole position, rocketed away at the start and built up a 7.5 second lead by lap nine, which was when Liuzzi passed Thomas Biagi for second place.

Liuzzi got the hammer down, and ate into Melandri's lead initially, but the Italian bike racing star had stabilised the gap, and was on course for a major shock victory, until his car suddenly slowed on lap 15.

"I was concentrating on not making any mistakes, but my gear changes were becoming more difficult, which didn't make it easy," said Melandri. "Then, all of a sudden, there were no more gears and I was out."

That gifted the lead to Liuzzi, who had been guiding Melandri on his learning curve all weekend, and he stroked home ahead of yesterday's winner Gianni Morbidelli.

"It was very lucky for me that Marco went out, and unlucky for him," said Liuzzi. "I had a lot more understeer than in the first race, and Marco was driving really well."

For the record, Melandri finished eighth in race one on Friday, having qualified in fourth place.
this guy is too good to be without a ride
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Old 02-18-2009, 03:11 PM   #6
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looks like it's set to continue



this guy is too good to be without a ride

He got(s) a ride.............................................. ....for free

Mundo Deportivo are reporting that an agreement has been reached between Dorna and Kawasaki.

The private, one bike team will be organised by Ichiro Yoda ex-Kawasaki project director and will have Bartholomey as team manager.
Kawasaki will service the engine(s), provide spares and carry out "minimum development" in return for not being taken to court for breach of contract with Dorna. Melandri will ride for free as was expected.

They are currently trying to get a full team for testing in Qatar and they have offered Juan Martinez the post of Marco's chief technician, he is apparently studying the offer.
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He got(s) a ride.............................................. ....for free

Mundo Deportivo are reporting that an agreement has been reached between Dorna and Kawasaki.

The private, one bike team will be organised by Ichiro Yoda ex-Kawasaki project director and will have Bartholomey as team manager.
Kawasaki will service the engine(s), provide spares and carry out "minimum development" in return for not being taken to court for breach of contract with Dorna. Melandri will ride for free as was expected.

They are currently trying to get a full team for testing in Qatar and they have offered Juan Martinez the post of Marco's chief technician, he is apparently studying the offer.
I can't find anything on this
I hope it's accurate apart from the riding for free bit
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MotoGP News I believe. Although their website is down.
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Old 02-18-2009, 08:07 PM   #9
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MotoGP News I believe. Although their website is down.
I just checked it but I couldn't find anything.
Tried Mundo Deportivo as well, plenty there but I can't understand a word
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