MotoGP: Marco Melandri And Aprilia Part Ways

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Marco Melandri has parted ways with Aprilia MotoGP team with immediate effect. This is primarily due to a poor season of racing.

Melandri struggled to get the motorcycle set up right, which has its roots in the ART CRT design ahead of the launch of an all-new factory machine next year.

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Melandri has qualified towards the end in every race this season and has not finished above 18th place.

A statement from Aprilia said the two parties had "reached an agreement by mutual consent to terminate the contractual obligations".

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Melandri was the 2005 MotoGP runner-up and won six grands prix in his early career at the top level. Replacing him to ride alongside Alvaro Bautista could be Michael Laverty, who tested the Aprilia last year.

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Story first published: Wednesday, July 8, 2015, 18:08 [IST]
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