Japan could have been an anomaly -the result of equal track time for all riders in preparation. Jerez left no doubt. Marco Melandri took a stunning fifth at the Gran Premi bwin.com de España, showing that the Hayate Racing bike and the Italian himself are ready to exceed expectations in 2009.
Melandri was one of the most energetic riders of the day, engaging in pass after pass in an entertaining tussle towards the business end of the race. Once again, he was hugely satisfied with his final placing.
5th – Marco Melandri Speaks…
Five months on from the final race of the 2008 MotoGP World Championship, the 2009 edition of the series starts up on April 12th with the Commercialbank Grand Prix of Qatar. The first of seventeen races to decide who will be crowned the king of the premier class takes place at the Losail International Circuit in the Arab emirate, opening up the action for the third consecutive year.
The only night race on the MotoGP calendar, the Commercialbank Grand Prix of Qatar is a showpiece event for both the state and the World Championship.