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June 20th, 2008, 06:34 AM   #1
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lets hope so
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will someone take him on & just what ride can he get/compete on
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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE <div class='quotemain'>Melandri is convinced that he still has what it takes to win at the top level of motorcycle racing - but denied he was considering a switch to super bikes.

"No. If I have to race just for the hell of it, then I'll change life. But I'm convinced I can do well. At 36, (Carlos) Checa has gone back to winning ways. I'm only 25. I want to race and to win, especially after a season like this." [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/huh.gif[/img] [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/huh.gif[/img]
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To bad he didn't sign with Suzuki he'd have been 8-10 positions higher in every race.
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too bad for melandri pedrosa is in top 4 in nearly every race hes competed in.
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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Pinky @ Jun 20 2008, 10:32 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><div class='quotemain'>too bad for melandri pedrosa is in top 4 in nearly every race hes competed in.

too bad Pedro crashed [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/biggrin.gif[/img] ....AGAIN! [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/laugh.gif[/img]

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Wow. I have mixed feeling about it. On one hand he has a tendency of giving up when he is not happy, he did the same with the satellite Honda the year he decided to switch to Ducati. On the other, my first reaction was; he is amazingly honest. Back then he said he would try just to risk a better position on a losing season. I remember giving him shit about that loser/quitter mentality. Here again, I feel a bit of quitting going on.

The only one I can compare him to is Hayden, in that he has been in a shitty situation, maybe worse than Melandri. At least Ducati have tried everything, where as Hayden it seems has been given a back seat. So I'm not jumping to sympathize with Marco. The disclaimer here is that Marco is one of my favorites, so I may be bias into saying that I feel if itís a bad relationship then move on. He does say that he has a good relationship with Ducati. So maybe its one of those rare times where a friendly divorce is best for all interested parties. I can't help but think that this will reflect badly for Ducati, in that they will have difficulty attracting top talent to their factory. Hayden had a similar disastrous start in 07 but improved in the second half of the season. I would think if Melandri had a few podiums, he might stick it out and make it work.

So on one hand, I applaud his honesty and the way he poses the situation saying if they can find a "better man" shows some humility (maybe just a way to get out without blaming Ducati). On the other hand, we got a guy who is quitting with more than half the season left. And quitting is never a characteristic of a champion, or is it? Perhaps he is not quitting? Maybe its an unfair characterization? Like I said, I have mixed feeling. I suppose Bikergirl will be on the thread shortly to sort all this out so we can all know what to feel about Marco.

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I read it like this

You find someone that can ride this peice of shit errrr this unrideable bike better then me then go right ahead.

I think that he believs that not too many people can ride this bike. We all know that Casey is fully capable and I think that he is acknowledging that there is possibly some other folks out there capable but whether it is likely is another story. Elias and Guinters should have done somewhat better in a least one race.

He did say something very interesting. He said the bike felt like he was riding in the wet even if it was dry. So if it rains at Donington then he should be up there becasue he has so much practice [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/laugh.gif[/img] [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/laugh.gif[/img]

I have mixed feelings about Hayden giving it a go with Ducati [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/dry.gif[/img]
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