A new season of MotoGP began in Malaysia today. All the bikes and riders set to take part in the 2010 MotoGP World Championship went out on track at the Sepang circuit for the first day of testing before the season opener in Qatar on April 11th.
Team San Carlo Honda Gresini riders Marco Melandri and Marco Simoncelli made the first laps with their new Honda RC212V machines. For the duo it was a first and crucial contact with a completely new bike, which is strikingly different to the RC212V of 2009.
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.
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