back in full at­tack mode

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In his pre­vi­ous in­car­na­tion as a WSB rider, Marco Melandri was se­rial race win­ner with a rep­u­ta­tion for be­ing as tough as they come in his ap­proach to do­ing bat­tle.

Af­ter a two-year gap he is still re-learn­ing the black arts of full at­tack race mode at this level and un­til now his re­turn he has been ef­fec­tive, but al­most re­spect­ful.

But for the first time in Spain we saw glim­mers of the old Marco, with tough passes on the Yamaha rid­ers and also Tom Sykes re­sult­ing in a dou­ble podium for the 34-yearold Ital­ian.

You can see Melandri’s con­fi­dence re­turn­ing with ev­ery fight. Now he just needs to find that fi­nal bit of magic to be able to take the bat­tle to Rea and Davies over a full race dis­tance.

He said: “We need to work a bit more to try to close the gap to fight for a win. It is not a big gap but we have to close it. I think our bike is grow­ing up and work­ing well now, but we need to im­prove the ride­abil­ity a lit­tle bit.”

He is now only 10 points be­hind Sykes and just 14 be­hind sec­ond­placed Chaz Davies.

Hard­man Melandri is back

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