Marco Melandri Returns To MotoGP

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Five times Grand Prix winner, Marco Melandri, returns to MotoGP for 2015, racing for Gresini's new Aprilia programme.

The 32 year-old Italian, has been racing for World Superbikes for the past four seasons, finishing in the top four spot in the championship in every year.

Marco had ridden for the factory Yamaha, Ducati and Kawasaki teams, but his best of seasons were all with Gresini.

Speaking about his return to MotoGP, Marco said, "I was offered the chance to develop a completely new project and it is something that I have not yet done in my career since I have always had 'inherited' bikes."

"Precisely for this reason I am very intrigued by this challenge. I am working with a company and a racing department which sought me out and with which I want to continue to work in order to develop and grow a great project."

"Aprilia Racing has always demonstrated their ability to make great bikes and make them fast. I'll put in my efforts."

"Our goal is quite ambitious: to grow a bike and at the same time to develop a new prototype that will race in 2016."

"It will be a demanding season and a lot of work but we are ready to take on these challenges."

The Italian will race beside his teammate, Alvaro Bautista, which will be his fourth season with the same team.

The MotoGP line up for 2015 till date is:
 Team:   Riders:
 Honda Marc Marquez   Dani Pedrosa
Yamaha   Valentino Rossi Jorge Lorenzo 
 Ducati  Andrea Dovizioso Andrea Iannone 
 Suzuki  Aleix Espargaro Maverick Vinales 
 Gresini Aprilia  Alvaro Bautista  Marco Melandri
 Forward Yamaha  Stefan Bradl Loris Baz 
 Avintia Ducati  Hector Barbera  Mike di Meglio
 Cardion Honda Karel Abraham  
 LCR Honda Cal Crutchlow   Jack Miller
 Tech 3 Yamaha Bradley Smith  Pol Espargaro 
 Marc VDS Honda  Scott Redding  
 Aspar Honda  Eugene Laverty
Nicky Hayden 
Pramac Ducati  Yonny Hernandez  Danilo Petrucci 
Ioda  Alex de Angelis  

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Story first published: Tuesday, November 11, 2014, 12:24 [IST]
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