Melandri Is Yet to Commit to Kawasaki Role

Although Kawasaki have officially confirmed the continuance of their MotoGP programme inside the MotoGP, Marco Melandri is yet to confirm his presence in the series. The Italian has been announced as part of Kawasaki's sole-rider strategy for 2009, as the Japanese manufacturer revealed they are unable to secure 2 racing seats for the entire season.

However, the former 250cc champion said he knows nothing about such a decision from Kawasaki, as the team did not contact him in any way during the past weeks. He basically argued that all he knows about his future deal with Kawasaki he found out from the media and several of his friends.

“I got calls from many people, but I haven't received any official confirmation. It's incredible that I should come to know these things from journalists. My situation is up in the air: I need to close the old contract and do a new one for this different solution. I know there's not much money, and that's no big issue for me,” said Melandri in an interview for Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport.

The Italian ran for 2007 world champions Ducati last year, but failed to adapt to his new bike through the duration of 2008. He decided to part ways with the Italian manufacturer at the end of last season, joining last placed Kawasaki. Given the chaotic situation of his new team in the offseason, Melandri didn't even get to test the 2009 bike.

“Since they didn't give me guarantees on the 2009 bike, I want to try it myself, from Sunday onwards in Qatar. That's because I don't feel like starting the season with a bike that is three seconds slower than the others, and that doesn't even get developed during the season,” added Melandri.
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